Published: December 21, 2004
Aeropainting dominated Italian Futurist art during the 1930s and an exhibition devoted to this dynamic subject, “Futurist Skies: Italian Aeropainting,” will be staged by the Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 39a Canonbury Square, from January 6 to February 20.
Aeropainting embodied the Futurists fascination with speed, technology and the machine and the 60 works to be exhibited exemplify their dramatic and often intensely poetic imagery of flight.
Fedele Azari (1896-1930), pilot, photographer and painter, was the pioneer of aeropainting, creating the first works of the genre in the mid-1920s. The exhibition includes one of his first paintings, entitled “Futurist Aerial Theatre.”
Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) joined the Futurists in 1910 and soon became preoccupied with their aim of portraying movement. He is represented by a ceramic plate dating from around 1928 that is boldly painted with a design of three aeroplanes in flight.
Enrico Prampolini (1894-1956) was the leading exponent of aeropainting. Shown will be “The Pilot of Infinity” of 1932 and “Figures in Space” of 1935.
For information, www.EstorickCollection.com. Hours are Wednesday to Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, 12 to 5 pm. Admission is £3.50. The exhibition will be accompanied by a fully illustrated catalog published by Mazzotta.
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