Carla Accardi | Original prints, lithographs, etchings and illustrated books


"Painting should tell you what he wants in very short time and must tell whit the feeling of pleasure."

(Carla Accardi) 



Carla Accardi, Carolina Accardi (Trapani, 9 October 1924 - Rome, 23 February 2014), was an Italian artist, who with her painting has contributed since 1947 to the affirmation of abstractionism in Italy. Artist among the most original of Italian post-war art, she was a cousin of the writer Evi Zamperini Pucci and Elda Pucci. After graduating from the Ximenes High School of Trapani, She moved to Palermo to study at the Academy of Fine Arts, concluded in 1947. She attended the Osteria Fratelli Menghi, a well-known meeting point for painters, directors, screenwriters, writers and poets in the years '40 and '70. In 1947 with Consagra, Dorazio, Guerrini, Concetto Maugeri, Perilli, Sanfilippo, married in 1949, and Turcato, she founded the Form 1 Group of formalist and Marxist inspiration.

Until 1949 Carla Accardi exhibited at the group's exhibitions, in 1950 she held his first personal exhibition at the Age d'Or Library in Rome. The following year she attended the Salto Library in Milan, a meeting place for MAC artists. In Paris she met Magnelli. In 1954 she began to face problems of chromatic reduction and signs documented by the staff of 1955 at the San Marco Gallery in Rome. In the same year she participated, invited by Michel Tapié, to the international exhibition Individuality of today (Space Gallery, Rome, Galerie Rive Droite, Paris).

Carla Accardi's research proceeds in the direction of sign automation until the beginning of the 1960s. In 1965 the artist abandoned tempera in favor of colored and fluorescent paints to be applied on transparent plastic supports, coming out from the dimension of the painting and involving the space, with an attitude that will be important for the artists of Arte povera. In the seventies she returned to the geometric patterns reiterated on large canvases called Lenzuoli that will be presented at the Galleria Editalia in Rome in 1974. The experiences of the seventies will continue to be deepened in a series of installations until the recovery of a more traditional dimension in the eighties.

Carla Accardi was part of feminism in Italy, together with Elvira Banotti and Carla Lonzi, constituting the "Rivolta Femminile" group. The "Female Revolt" manifesto was written in the house of Elvira Banotti in Trastevere. In 1996 she was appointed a member of the Brera Academy and in 1997 she was a member of the Venice Biennale Commission in the role of advisor. In 1998 her city, Trapani, dedicated a retrospective to Carla Accardi: works from 1947 to 1997, in the Church of Badia Grande.

On the morning of 23 February 2014, Carla Accardi suffered a sudden illness and was rushed to the Santo Spirito hospital in Rome. Her condition immediately appeared critical; the artist died shortly after reaching the emergency room.

The funeral of Carla Accardi was held on February 28, 2014, at the Sala del Carroccio in the Campidoglio. At the funeral, in the front row, the Mayor of Trapani, Vito Damiano, who wanted to bring the greeting of the entire hometown.