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Piero Dorazio

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Piero Dorazio (Roma, 29 luglio 1927 – Todi, 17 maggio 2005) è stato un pittore e architetto italiano, che con la sua pittura ha contribuito dal 1945 all’affermazione dell’astrattismo in Italia.Dorazio nasce a Roma dove studia architettura. Molto giovane, nel 1944, incontra la corrente astrattista della capitale ed inizia una serie di collaborazioni con i suoi protagonisti. Figura tra i firmatari del manifesto Forma 1, assieme a personaggi del calibro di Pietro Consagra, Ugo Attardi, Antonio Sanfilippo e Carla Accardi, con cui sancì la sua piena adesione al movimento dell’astrattismo. Molto della sua popolarità si deve anche alla sua fama lontano dal nostro paese; egli infatti intraprese diversi soggiorni artistici in molte capitali straniere tra le quali Parigi, Praga ed Harvard. Durante gli anni sessanta è direttore del dipartimento di belle arti della Pennsylvania. Espose proprie opere pure in tre edizioni della Biennale di Venezia, nel 1960, 1966, 1988. Nel 1971 aderi all’appello contro il commissario Luigi Calabresi dove lo si accusava di aver ucciso l’anarchico Pinelli Dal 1974 si ritirò a Todi, pur proseguendo a creare, dove morì nel 2005.

 

eng-button  Piero Dorazio (Rome, 1927 – Perugia, 2005)

While still very young, and having enrolled at the architecture faculty of Rome university in 1945, Dorazio began to create abstract paintings. This had been encouraged by his friendship with Perilli, Guerrini, Vespignani, Buratti, and Muccini. In 1947, together with artists including Carla Accardi, Ugo Attardi, Pietro Consagra, and Giulio Turcato, he signed the Forma 1 manifesto. In the same year he was awarded an Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux Arts scholarship which allowed him to study in Paris.
On his return to Rome he set up the Age d’Or cooperative gallery for the promotion of contemporary art. From 1953 to 1954 he lived in New York where he met such artists as Marc Rothko, Robert Motherwell and Barnett Newman. His first American solo show was held in the Wittenborn One-Wall Gallery, New York, in 1953. In 1959 he took part in Documenta II in Kassel and then began to teach at the University of Pennsylvania; here, in 1963, he founded the Institute of Contemporary Art.
In his desire to explore color-space, from the mid-1950s he began to develop bands of intense, pure colors which then evolved into webs or skeins of lines of paint that covered the whole canvas. These then further developed into wide, ribbon-like color structures and, by the 1970s, he had begun to use bands of color that gradually evolved into undulating curves.  His belief was that his works should express ” the pleasure of living” and this is also evident in the striking decorative effect of all his works.
From early on Dorazio was interested in the possibilities of prints, multiples, and ceramics. He also made many book illustrations.
His work continues to be widely shown; in 2013, for example, it was exhibited at the   Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna (GNAM) , Rome, and the   Collection Grauwinkel,   Vasarely Museum, Budapest. His work is also to be found in many national and international public collections, including the Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; the Museum of Contemporary Art Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia; the Museum DKM, Duisburg, the Museum für Moderne Kunst (MMK), Frankfurt am Main, and the Kunsthalle Weishaupt, Ulm, Germany; MACRO Museo d´Arte Contemporanea Roma, Rome, MART- Museo d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto, the Galleria Civica d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Turin, and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, Italy; Tate Britain, London, UK; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, and MoMA – Museum of Modern Art, New York City, U.S.A.