Franco Angeli (Italian, 1935-1988) Untitled 1963-1969

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Franco Angeli
(Italian, 1935-1988)
Untitled
1963-1969

Sold for £ 20,000 (US$ 28,165) inc. premium
Franco Angeli (Italian, 1935-1988)
Untitled
1963-1969

signed and dated 63-69 on the reverse
acrylic and gauze on canvas

70 by 70 cm.
27 9/16 by 27 9/16 in.

Footnotes

  • This work is registered in the Archivio Franco Angeli, Rome, under no. P-090317/1099, and is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity.

    Provenance
    Private Collection, Italy
    Sale: Nuova Brerarte, Milan, Arte contemporanea, astratto e avanguardie, 22 October 1990, Lot 153
    Private Collection, Turin
    Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2000



    Franco Angeli was a founder of the Italian Pop Art movement being a key member of the Scuola di Piazza del Popolo; the group took its name from the square in Rome where Angeli would gather with fellow artists Mario Schifano, Tano Festa, Giosetta Fioroni, Francesco Lo Savio and Pino Pascali in the early 1960s, meeting at the famous Bar Rosati and at Galleria La Tartaruga, to discuss art, literature and politics. These artists went on to create iconic works of Italian Pop Art which are now highly sought after by museums and international collectors. Angeli's oeuvre is extremely political, reflecting his enduring sympathy for the Communist Party, as well as his obsession with symbols and their power.

    Untitled from 1963-1969 bears one of the artist's iconic leitmotifs, the 'Falce e Martello' (hammer and sickle). It is executed in acrylic and gauze, the latter being one of the artist's favourite materials with which he covered some of his most important works from the period. Angeli discovered this material at a young age whilst working in an upholstery shop. The use of simple material with no links to fine art is mirrored in works by Robert Rauschenberg and Tom Wesselmann created during the first half of the 1960s.

    This work pre-dates by nearly a decade Andy Warhol's famous Hammer and Sickle series, which the American artist started after returning from a trip to Italy in October 1975.
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