Mario Schifano (Italian, 1934-1998) Futurismo rivisitato 1966

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Lot 34AR
Mario Schifano
(Italian, 1934-1998)
Futurismo rivisitato
1966

Sold for £ 40,000 (US$ 55,562) inc. premium
Mario Schifano (Italian, 1934-1998)
Futurismo rivisitato
1966

signed and dated 66; signed, titled and dated 1966 on the reverse
spray paint, enamel, watercolour, pencil and collage on card laid on canvas, in the original coloured perspex frame

71 by 51 cm.
27 15/16 by 20 1/6 in.

Footnotes

  • This work is registered in the Archivio Mario Schifano, Rome, under no. 00434070507, and is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity.

    Provenance
    Private Collection, Italy (acquired directly from the artist circa 1966)
    Thence by descent to the present owner



    Mario Schifano was a versatile and radical Italian post-war artist whose continuous experimentation with media pushed the frontiers of contemporary art. He burst onto the scene in 1961 with an exhibition at the cutting-edge Galleria La Tartaruga in Rome, which led to his inclusion in the famous 1962 New Realists show at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York. Schifano's visual language was different to the prevailing gestural abstraction: he embraced the Pop aesthetic of American colleagues Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein whom he would have met while exhibiting in New York, whilst incorporating a fusion of influences that were drawn from past European movements, including Modernism and Futurism.

    Schifano considered painting to be at the forefront of the avant-garde, and his incessant creativity and search for new ways of expression were at their most powerful in the 1960s, when he fully embraced non-traditional materials, pigments and supports, creating layered and multiplied works. It was in this period that he appropriated the famous photograph of the five futurist artists standing in front of Le Figaro in Paris, to create a series of panintings entitled Futurismo rivisitato (revisited Futurism).

    The present work from 1966 is one of the first from this seminal series, and conceptually it is executed in three steps: appropriating the image of the futurists; layering the canvas with paper cut-outs created from a stencil; and positioning the work behind fluorescent yellow plexiglas. The presence of a screen in the work creates not only a physical barrier to the work but also a conceptual one, disconnecting it from its audience, as if viewed on a television screen like a product presented to mass audience for consumption.

    The commodification of a repeat image executed in bold bright colours draws obvious parallels with the work of Andy Warhol, however whilst Warhol lifted his subject matter from popular culture Schifano references an intellectual avant-garde art movement that shook the foundations of early twentieth century Italian art. The futurists rejected the old and looked to a new Italy of progress, technology and future – creating art that reflected this.

    In "revisiting" and re-appropriating Futurism Schifano acknowledges its values, and in using such an iconic photograph as a starting point for Futurismo rivisitato (revisited Futurism) he creates a work that is not only embedded in Italian art history and is deeply Italian in its conception, but which oozes the artist zeitgeist of the American Pop tradition.
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