PIERO MANZONI
Achromes
11 September through 15 November 2003
UPPER EAST SIDE, NEW YORK
 

Manzoni's first mature works, the "Achromes", were comprised of layers of thick gesso and kaolin over pleated and creased canvas, as well as unpainted canvas, felt, and wads of white cotton wool. Though historically important as investigations into the nature and possibilities of the painted surface, these works are notable also for their surprising beauty, despite the artist's minimal and often humble means. This exhibition includes the largest and most ambitious "Achrome", created in 1961 and comprised of polystyrene soaked with flourescent phosphorous.