LONDON - If you’re in London over the holiday season it is well worth a visit to S|2, Sotheby’s Contemporary art gallery to view the widest ranging survey of work by Edoarda Emilia Maino, more commonly known as Dadamaino, to be staged in London. One of the female pioneers of Italian Avant-Garde art in a male dominated world, Dadamaino broke the mould, and is now viewed as one of the most influential artists of her generation. Until recently Dadamaino had been viewed in the shadow of her contemporaries – artists like Piero Manzoni, Lucio Fontana, Enrico Castellani and Agostino Bonalumi, but this has changed. Her work has recently been acquired by leading museums, including the Tate and the Guggenheim, and currently features in the Guggenheim’s major 2014 survey, Zero: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s-60s. In the last year alone her auction record has been broken three times, strongly establishing her position in the post-war Italian market.
Installation view of The Infinite World of DADAMAINO at Sotheby's London.
On the 10th anniversary of her death, S|2 has selected 19 works, all from private collections, which trace the course of the artist’s career. On view are the groundbreaking cut canvases of her early Volumi series which she created while a member of Piero Manzoni’s legendary Azimuth Gallery group in Milan. And her optical experiments of the 1960s and 1970s are no less powerful and reveal a truly evolving body of work. With all of the works chosen from private collections this presents a very special opportunity to acquire works that are fresh to the market.
(Please note the exhibition will be closed from 24 December to 5 January.)
Fru Tholstrup is Director, S2 London