Smentire il bianco [To Deny White]
25,000 to - 35,000 USD
1918 - 2015
Smentire il bianco [To Deny White]
signed and dated 1977 on the stretcher
tire collage and oil on canvas
Canvas: 31¼ by 23¾ in. (79.4 by 60.3 cm.)
Framed: 38 by 30 in. (96.5 by 76.2 cm.)
Executed in 1977.
This work is registered in the Associazione Archivio Carol Rama, Turin, under registration no. 1098.
This work is in excellent condition overall. There are tonal and textural variations to the tire collage elements, inherent to the application of this element to the canvas and the flattening of a rounded tire element. The tire collage elements have been irregularly cut by the artist. There is some adhesive residue bordering the collage elements, inherent to the artist's working method. Under ultraviolet light, there is no evidence of restoration. Framed under Plexiglas.
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Private Collection, Turin
Carlina Galleria d'Arte, Turin
Galerie Haas, Zurich
Acquired from the above by the present owner
Turin, Carlina Galleria d'Arte, Carol Rama: Il Rosso e il Nero, May - July 2003, illustrated, p. 57
Milan, Galleria Santamarta Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, L’anima di carne, October - December 2004, illustrated, p. 31
Turin, Carlina Galleria d'Arte, Carol Rama: Di Quadro in Quadro - opere 1937-2003, November 2012 - January 2013, illustrated, p. 61
Zurich, Galerie Haas, Carol Rama, 2016, illustrated, p. 31
“All her life, Carol Rama stuck her tongue out. To the bigots, the fascists (from Mussolini to Berlusconi), the petit bourgeois patriarchs, the art world—to convention in general. Sticking out your tongue is childish, provocative; but it is also the physical reflex of a body under real pressure. Rama had trouble fitting in to the society in which she lived. Yet she did not invent or take refuge in another fictive one. Instead, in an undeniable resistance, she kept questioning, disturbing, and shocking the social order through her life and her art.
She has perpetually confounded historians and created persistent misunderstandings mixed with fantasies. Her work blurred practical historical categories and linearity, borrowing aspects of (and sometimes foreshadowing) late Surrealism, Expressionism, proto-Pop, Concrete art, Arte Povera, and soft sculpture. Stepping away from the hypermasculine artistic milieu of her time, she chose her crowd in literature (Edoardo Sanguineti), music (Massimo Mila), and architectural design (Carlo Mollino). In a way, she built up her own “failure” and obscurity, which in turn guaranteed her vital freedom.”
Anne Dressen, “Passages: Carol Rama,” ARTFORUM, February 2016