Antonio Calderara: From Lake Orta

6 Jul-20 Aug 2022


The Italian artist Antonio Calderara’s career was marked by his gradual journey towards abstraction, although his earlier work was resolutely figurative, consisting of self-portraits, landscapes of the lake around the island of San Giulio and still life paintings. Lisson Gallery has, for the first time, gathered and loaned a number of these overtly representational works, mainly from the 1950s, to chart the trajectory of his radical move towards a flattening and simplification of the world, while acknowledging that figures and objects – whether architectural, pastoral, domestic, personal or otherwise – would always somehow maintain a ghostly presence in his compositions.

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