Alberto Burri made melted plastic cool

Alberto Burri was an important Italian Post-War and Contemporary artist. He saw his the value of his work in the composition of cheap industrial materials. Burri is most famous for his work with melted plastic sheets.

Burri was born in Città di Castello, Italy on March 12, 1915.

Burri became a medical doctor. World War II got him captured and sent to Texas as a prisoner of war. There he began to paint.

Burri went over the top when he won the UNESCO Prize at the 1959 São Paulo Biennal and the Critics’ Prize at the 1960 Venice Biennale.

Alberto Burri in New York City

Alberto Burri courtesy of Nanda Lanfranco

Alberto Burri courtesy of Nanda Lanfranco

Burri Posters opens at Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò (NYU) in Greenwich Village, Manhattan with a reception on Thursday, October 26 from 6 – 8 pm. Through December 8, 2017.

Visit Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marinò

Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marinò
22 West 12th St
between Fifth & Sixth Ave
(212) 998-8739

Monday – Friday 10 am – 5 pm

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