Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate D, 1969

by Alberto Burri

Print : lithography

64 x 48 x 0.1 cm 25.2 x 18.9 x 0 inch

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Numbered and limited to 90 copies


Hand-signed by artist


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Print: lithography

Dimensions cm inch

64 x 48 x 0.1 cm 25.2 x 18.9 x 0 inch Height x Width x Depth


Not framed

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Artwork location: Italy

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates)- Plate D is a wonderful Contemporary artwork hand-signed in pencil on the lower margin. Edition of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce. Hand-numbered in pencil on lower-left. The work is part of the "Black and white" folder that Alberto Burri realized in 1969, using an elaborate mix of techniques, such as lithography, chalcography and acetate collage. This six etching portfolio, edited in ninety copies plus fifteen artist's proof, was printed by the roman print shop 2RC, well-known for the graphic experimentations between 1960s and 1970s. Valter and Eleonora Rossi, founders of the 2RC Art Editions, intensely believed that graphic had to be considered a proper artistic genre, exactly such as painting and sculpture, and not as a mere extension of them. Thanks to an inventive experimentation, 2RC was able to graphically reproduce processes and contents expressed by contemporary artists. The partnership between Rossi and Alberto Burri is one of the most relevant examples that can be made to explain such an editorial choice. New medias, such as acetate, in fact, allow a new series of artistic choices, and especially in these six "Black and White", they grant the etching the same whites range as paintings. Acetates, although reflecting a similar period to that of artist's painting, are graphically independent from paintings. In occasion of Burri exhibition in 2RC Gallery in Milan, Cesare Brandi underlines and interesting point of view on the graphic works by the Umbrian artist, and of the relationship between graphic technique and painting genre: "With him (Burri) it is possible to consider parallel series, in which the same plastic motif is reproduced in both painting and etching, so that we may think at the etching just as a smaller motif. But the difference is the layout, the space on the sheet that focuses the image. For this reason the margins are no longer the link with the walls, like the frame in a painting, but they become an inseparable part of the image, so we can say that the etching is taking along its invisible wall".
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Alberto Burri

Italy  • 1915


Alberto Burri is an Italian artist, painter and sculptor (March 12, 1915, Citta di Castello, Italy - February 13, 1995, Nice, France). He is associated with the "matter painting" mouvement of the European Informal Art and considered his style to be "multimaterial".

He was also linked to the spatialism of Lucio Fontana and influenced, together with Antoni Tapies, the renewal of the assembling art of the post-war US (Robert Rauschenberg) and Europe.

Burri was a medic during World War II: he was captured by the Americans and held prisoner in Texas, where he started painting using makeshift materials. He returned to Italy in 1946 and settled in Rome, where he held his first personal exhibition the year after at La Margherita gallery. In 1948, he exhibited his first abstract work, Bianchi e Catrami, at the same gallery.

In 1949, Burri completed the piece entitled SZ1 using sacks; in 1950, he started the Muffe e i Gobbi series, using worn materials from previous sack works. Burri contributed to found the Gruppo Origine in 1949, together with Mario Ballocco, Giuseppe Capogrossi, and Ettore Colla. The group disbanded in 1951, yet it continued to operate until 1956 under the banner of Galleria Origine. In 1952, the Venice Biennial presented Burri's first exhibition, showing his piece titled Grande Sacco. International success came upon exhibiting in Chicago and New York in 1953. In 1954, Burri completed small flammable works on paper and continued using the theme of fire in the following years with Legni (1956), Plastiche (1957), and Ferri (1958 ca.).

Burri exhibited in 1955 at the VII National Quadrennial of Art in Rome, and in 1964 he won the Marzotto prize. In 1973, he started working on the Ciclo dei Cretti, encasing them in overlaid cement, creating an admirable exemplar of Land Art. Burri started working for Cellotex in 1976, and in 1979 he returned to the Cicli, dominating his latest works. The first, titled Il Viaggio, was exhibited at the Ex-Seccatoi del Tabacco di Città di Castello, and he presented his other Cycles in Florence in 1981, Palm Springs in 1982, Venice in 1983, Nice in 1985, Rome and Turin in 1989.

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