„ALONG THESE LINES“
PIERO DORATIO – MASTER OF LUMINOUS
„Along these Lines“ is a tribute to one of Italy’s greatest painters of the 20th century and a prominent figure in the evolvement of abstraction: Piero Doratio.
Steeped in the culture of the School of Paris and influenced by major artists of the New York School such as Willem de Kooning, Franz Kline and Barbett Newman with whom he became friends during his stay in New York in 1953-54, Piero Dorazio introduced large formats and experimented with all the chromatic potential of oil painting.
He was a painter but also an art critic, lecturer, curator, and professor. Furthermore he was also one of the greatest Italian intellectuals of the second half of the 20th century. Piero Doratio is an essential artist going against the tide of the avant-garde of his time, who questions the place of painting and the evolution of abstraction.
We see the use of lightness of exposed ground to create areas of calmness and subtle delicacy that combine with harsh and heavy elements of mark making, blobs and drops, lining and smudging. Themes that may be alluded to can be diverse – from memory and personal experience to the expression of a certain mood or sentiment to depictions of nature and the material world.