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Mario Schifano
1934 - 1998
ITALIAN
OASIS 
signed and titled Schifano; inscribed Schifano, Massimo, Oasi
enamel and spray-paint on canvas 
118 by 96cm.; 46 1/2 by 37 3/4in.
Executed in 1978. 
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This work is registered in the Autentica dell’Archivio Mario Schifano, Roma under Nr. 02617140301.

Provenance

Private Collection, Italy
Acquired directly from the above by the present owner in 2014 

Catalogue Note

In 1966 and throughout the following three years, Schifano’s palm tree and the starry sky turn into iconographic elements that the artist depicts almost obsessively; elements that become a thematic phase in his artistic production. These elements are achieved through implementing the cut-outs and spray paint. Rooted in the memories of the artist's childhood spent in Libya, these images appear as fragments that are out of context, exotic icons trivialised into advertising panels, revisited and reinterpreted through an expressive and intense pictorial rendition. These can in truth be viewed as archetypes of memory in technicolor.

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