Rodolfo Aricò

1930 · Italy

Artist biography

Rodolfo Aricò is regarded as a well established artist, who originates from Italy, like other prominent artists such as Umberto Boccioni, Renato Leotta, Pasquale Tabasco, Isobel Blank, and Marta Sforni. Rodolfo Aricò was born in 1930.

About Rodolfo Aricò's work

Rodolfo Aricò is a key figure of Minimalism. Minimalism is among the most significant contemporary art movements, which came to light at the end of the 1950s, and remained extremely significant throughout the 1960s. First appearing in New York City, Minimalism initially arose from a desire to break away from Abstract Expressionism, especially amidst younger, blossoming artists. They preferred a polished formal aesthetic, rather geometrical and stripped of any expression. The Second World War era saw a significant number of European artistic immigrants gathering in New York City, and artworks by members of the German Bauhaus, the Dutch De Stijl artists and Russian Constructivists became particularly fashionable, strongly influencing the new generation of American minimalist artists. New progressive forms of expressions were established by each of these groups, and profoundly inspired artists such as Frank Stella, Donald Judd, Agnes Martin, Dan Flavin and Robert Morris, amongst others. They were successfully able to shift their practices by producing art that would grant the viewer with a solely visual response. The goal was to reveal the formal components that compose a painting or sculpture, stripping away the gestural elements of it.

Galleries and Exhibitions

Rodolfo Aricò's work is on display at Galleria Il Ponte located in Florence, Italy. Rodolfo Aricò's work has most recently been exhibited at Tommaso Calabro Gallery in Milan (26 September 2019 until 22 November 2019) with the exhibition Rodolfo Aricò / Anna Castelli Ferrieri. L’amore per il progetto..

Currently, 22 works from Rodolfo Aricò are for sale on Artland.

Historical Context of Italy

Italy has been vastly lush in cultural influence since the time of the Romans, this classical period has exerted a fascinating influence on the cultural growth and identity of the country. Italy represents the country of the Renaissance, called 'Rinascita' in Italian, signifying 'rebirth'. The Renaissance has been considered, from the early 1400s, as the first extensive blossoming of cultural sophistication in art, architecture, music, poetry, philosophy and politics since the Middle Ages. During the modern and contemporary period, Italy was afflicted by the fascism of Mussolini but has nevertheless endured as a vital heart for artistic expression, initiating movements such as Futurism, Arte Povera and the Minimalism related to the Zero Movement, as well as the expressive painting of the Transavanguardia. Important Italian artists of the twentieth and twenty first centuries include Giorgio Di Chirico, Giacomo Balla, Giorgio Morandi, Alberto Giacometti, Lucio Fontana, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Francesco Clemente and Mimmo Paladino.

Further Biographical Context for Rodolfo Aricò

Rodolfo Aricò was born in 1930 and was predominantly inspired by the 1950s. In the Post-War period the lens of modernism was focused, in terms of internationally, on developments in New York City. The Second World War had brought many prominent artists to the city in exile from Europe, leading to a significant pooling of talent and ideas. Influential Europeans that came to New York and provided inspiration for American artists included Piet Mondrian, Josef Albers and Hans Hoffmann, who between them set the foundations for much of the United States’ significant cultural growth in the decades thereafter. Key artists of the Abstract Expressionist Generation included Jackson Pollock (who innovated his famed drip, splatter and pour painting techniques), Willem de Kooning, Mark Rothko, Frank Kline, Barnett Newman, Clyfford Still and Adolph Gottlieb. It was a male dominated environment, but necessary reassessment of this period has highlighted the contributions of female artists such as Lee Krasner, Joan Mitchell, and Louise Bourgeois, amongst others.

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