Artist

Piero Dorazio

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)
Piccolo Mattutino, 1958
Oil on canvas
19 1/2 x 13 3/4 in. (49.5 x 34.9 cm)
Signed lower right: Dorazio `58
 

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Grey), 1959

Watercolor on grey paper 

23 x 19 1/4 in. (58.4 x 48.9 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio ´59

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Black), 1960

Pastel on paper

28 x 20 1/4 in. (71.1 x 51.4 cm) 

Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio ´60

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Red, Orange, and Black), 1960

Watercolor and crayon on paper 

20 1/2 x 28 1/4 in. (52.1 x 71.8 cm) 

Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio 60

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Black), 1960

Vine charcoal on paper

13 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (34.3 x 51.4 cm) 

Signed and dated lower left: Piero Dorazio 1960

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Grey), 1960

Charcoal on paper

27 x 19 3/4 in. (68.6 x 50.2 cm) 

Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio ´60

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Black), 1960

Charcoal on paper 

13 1/2 x 20 1/4 in. (34.3 x 51.4 cm)Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio, 60

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Green, Orange, and Yellow), 1961

Colored crayon and pastel on cardboard 

17 1/4 x 14 in. (43.8 x 35.6 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio, 1961

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

Pink, 1962

Watercolor on paper

27 1/2 x 19 1/4 in. (69.0 x 48.9 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Dorazio ´62

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Rainbow Colors), 1984

Watercolor on paper

20 1/16 x 39 1/4 in. (51 x 99.7cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Piero Doarzio 1984

Piero Dorazio (1927–2005)

(Color Lines on Red Background), 1998

Ink, crayon, and watercolor on paper

19 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (49.5 x 64.8 cm)

Signed and dated lower right: Piero Dorazio 1984

1927
Born in Rome, Italy.

1947
Awarded a grant by the French Government to live in Paris for a year and enrolls in the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

1949
Participates in Leopoldskron seminars in Salzburg. Contributes articles to the journals Giornale della Sera and Il Mondo.

1950
Studies architecture at the University of Rome. Organizes L'Age d'Or, a gallery bookshop and international meeting place for avant-garde artists and writers.

1951
Exhibits at the Triennale di Milano. Participates in a group exhibition at the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Becomes Italian correspondent for the magazines L'Architecture d'Aujourd'hui and Art d'Aujourd'hui.

1952
Wins scholarship to study in Paris. Publishes the magazine Arti Visive.

1953
Invited to participate in the international Summer Seminar at Harvard University and spends the next year in the U.S.

1955
Publishes LA Fantasia dell'arte nella vita moderna, the first international survey of modern art to appear in Italy.

1956
Teaches drawing and mosaic techniques at the Positano Art Workshop.

1958
Experiments with new technique and produces a series of monochromatic paintings with overlapping brushstrokes.

1960
Appointed director of the department of painting, sculpture, and graphic art at the School of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania.

1962
Participates in the founding of the Zero Group in Düsseldorf.

1970
Appointed curator of the Biennale di Venezia. Lectures in the Faculty of Architecture in Rome.

1978
Organizes the Scuola Atelier per la Ceramica Moderna in Todi.

1984
Begins to write art criticism for the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

1996
Publication of the Catalogo Generale (1962-1993) by Pananti in Florence.

2005
Dies in Perugia, Umbria.

Solo Exhibitions

1953
Wittenborn Gallery, New York

1954
Rosa Fried Gallery, New York

1955
Galleria Apollinaire, Milan
Galleria del Cavallino in Venice

1959
Galerie Springer, Berlin

1960
XXX Biennale di Venezia

1961
Bienal de Sao Paolo, Brazil

1964/65
Galeria Malborough, Rome. Exhibiton travels to sister gallery in New York

1966
Erker Galerie in St. Gallen, with catalogue text by Giuseppe Ungaretti
XXXIII Biennale di Venezia
Marloborough Gallery, London

1969
Marlborough Gallery, New York

1974
Sala delle Pietre, Todi, Umbria

1977
Andre Emmerich Gallery, New York

1979
Travelling exhibition opens at the Musée d'Arte Moderne de la Ville de Paris, then tours the U.S. and Germany before closing at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome in 1883

1985-86
Seibu and Face Galleries, Tokyo

1986
Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York

1988
XLIII Biennale di Venezia

 

1990
Erker Galerie, St. Gallen, Musee de Grenoble, Galleria Civica, Bologna

1993
Galerie Artcurial, Paris

1994
Municipal Gallery, Athens

1995
Erker Gallery, St. Gallen, exhibition is accompanied by a volume of poetry by Mario Luzi

1996
Retrospective exhibition of engravings at the Calcografia Nazionale in Rome

1999
Retrospective exhibitions from the 1950s at the Studio Angeletti in Rome, Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan, Galerie Valentin in Stuttgart

2000
Dresdner Bank, Heidelberg
Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York

2002
Galleria Ulisse, Rome
Galleria Cappelletti , Milan
Galerie Aras, Ravensburg
The Municipal Gallery, Rhodes
Galerie Valentin, Stuttgart
Achim Moeller Fine Art, New York

2003
Retrospective at the Institut Valencia d'Art Modern, Valencia

2004
Works from 1946-2003 at the Casa Rusca, Locarno; Achim Moeller Fine Art, Lt

Group Exhibitons

1946
Gruppo Arte Sociale (Achille Perilli, Mino Guerrini, Renzo Vespignani, among others)

1947
Forma 1, the first group of Italian abstract artists (Guerrini, Perilli, Carla Accardi, Pietro Consagra, and Giulio Turcato)

1948
Helps organize the inaugural exhibition Mostra Nazionale d'Arte Astratta at the Galleria di Roma

1951
Triennale di Milan
Guggenheim Museum, New York
Helps organize Arte Astratta e Concreta in Italia at the Galleria Nazionale d'Arte Moderna in Rome

1952
XXVI Biennale di Venezia

1956
Exhibitions in Rome and New York
XXVIII Biennale di Venezia

1957
VIII Mostra Nazionale di Arte Contemporanea at the Museo Civico in Alessandria

1965
The Responsive Eye at the Museum of Modern Art in New York

1973
Plus by Minus at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo, New York
Invited to be part of the permanent installation of the Zero Group at the Kunstmueum in
Düsseldorf

1987
Forma 1 at the Bourg-en-Bresse and Darmstadt Museums

1991
Organizes Beauty is Difficult at the Museion-Museo d'Arte Moderna in Bolzano

1995
Les Figures de la Liberte in Geneva

1996
Face a l'histoire at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris

1998
50 Anni di lavori su carta, 1948-1998 at the Palazzo Crepadonna

2001
Dorazio Jazz at the Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, Bolzano

International Awards

1957
Citta di Alessandria, the most prestigious prize in Italy for contemporary art

1961
Prix Kandinsky
International Prize of the Biennale de Paris
Declines award of 1 million French Francs in protest against the war in Algeria

1968
Award from the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst

1970
Awarded International Prize for Graphic Work by the city of Crakow

1986
Prize of the President of the Republic from the Accademia di San Luca in Rome

1991
Elected to the Akademie der Künste in Berlin and the Accademia di San Luca in Rome which awards him the Alcide de Gasperi Prize

1997
Michelangelo Prize awarded by the Accademia dei Virtuosi del Pantheon

2000
Scipione Prize by the Fondazione Carima

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