Luxembourg & Dayan presents the first major UK exhibition of the Italian artist Rodolfo Aricò (1930–2002). Focusing on works from the 1960s and 1970s, the exhibition derives its title – “Rodolfo Aricò: Line of Demarcation” – from the writings of the Italian critic Giulio Carlo Argan, aiming to emphasise the importance of Rodolfo Aricò both in the historical context of Post-War Italian art, as well as a crucial link in the dialogue between American and European artistic tendencies during these decades.
Rodolfo Aricò is known primarily for his ‘object-paintings’, which he began to develop during the 1960s and which evolved throughout his entire career. Trained in Architecture, his works manifest a philosophical interest in the notions of time and space, exploring geometry, perspective, and phenomenology, hereby undermining the rigid distinction between the disciplines of painting and sculpture. Aricò is known to have been a fervent reader of philosophy and a talented writer in his own right. He was particularly influenced by the writings of Edmund Husserl on Phenomenology and Jean-Paul Sartre’s Existentialist thought. Throughout his entire career Aricò was engaged in a continuous dialogue with the history of perspective, its relation to ideology, and its potential role in art of his own time. In a similar way to his American contemporaries, Aricò was interested by the idea of shifting the main focus of attention in his work from the object of display to the relationship between the object and the perceiving subject. In order to do so, he drew on his professional formation and employed different architectural methodologies in his paintings that challenge the pictorial space. Aricò’s object-paintings invite the viewer to engage in an immersive experience, one that no longer shows an object in perspective but functions as perspective in its own right.
- Rodolfo Aricò, Untitled, 1967. Courtesy of Luxembourg & Dayan.