LONDON – A major retrospective exhibition—the first in the United States in more than 35 years — at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York in 2015 presented Alberto Burri as a central and singular protagonist of post–World War II art. Varied in texture, contrasting in colour, delicate in detail and harmonious in design, Sacco e Rosso distils Burri’s artistic impetus. It is neither painting nor sculpture, neither abstract nor representational; it seems at once elegiac and hysterical, fervent and demure. The Sacchi are Burri’s most celebrated works, identifiable by their distinctive use of burlap sacking, an incredibly important material for Burri –ubiquitous during the war and charged with significance for anybody who had lived through those tumultuous years.
ALBERTO BURRI, SACCO E ROSSO, 1959. ESTIMATE: £9,000,000–12,000,000. TO BE OFFERED IN SOTHEBY’S
CONTEMPORARY ART EVENING AUCTION IN LONDON ON 10 FEBRUARY.
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