Claudio Verna’s (b. 1937, Guardiagrele, Italy) paintings were first exhibited during a time of intense political and cultural expression in Italy, in contrast to the contemporaneous Arte Povera, often considered to be the definitive artistic movement in major Italian cities during the 1960s-1970s. Instead, Verna maintained the importance of painting, a medium most had discarded. A leading figure of the “Pittura Analitica” (Analytical Painting) school, the artist explored the very fundamentals of the medium, resulting in cogent and vibrant explorations of form, colour and space. His works after 1978 display a sudden change in tone, moving to the gestural and the dynamic, embodying Verna’s own strong assertions that there was no other medium but colour he could ever express himself in. Whether in the geometric precision of his earlier works, or the bold freeing of colour in his later ones, his works transport the viewer into the polychromatic eyes of Verna himself.
A major retrospective of Verna’s works was recently held at Cardi Gallery London (January 24 – March 30, 2018), curated by Piero Tomassoni, which included twenty important works spanning Verna’s entire artistic oeuvre. He lives and works in Rome.
Cardi Gallery, London and Milan, curated by Piero Tomassoni; Galleria Mazzoleni, London and Turin; Mark Selwyn Fine Art, Los Angeles; Civic Centre Museum, Philadelphia; Kunsthalle Dusseldorf; Annely Juda, London; Galerie Templon, Paris; Villa Arson, Nice; Kunstverein, Frankfurt; Kunsthalle, Darmstadt, Museu de Arte Moderna, Rio de Janeiro; Estorick Collection, London; MART, Rovereto and Trento; and the Venice Biennale, Venice (1970, 1978 and 1980).
Kunstmuseum, Bonn; Kunstmuseum, Stuttgart; Sprengel Museum, Hannover; MACRO, Rome; Museo del Novecento, Milan; GAM, Torino; MART, Rovereto; Bormanns-van Beuningen Museum, Rotterdam; and the Stuyvesant Foundation, Amsterdam.
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