Gastone Novelli

Gastone Novelli

He was born in Vienna in 1925 into a Jewish family. The artist started his painting activity at the end of Second World War, under the influence of his friend Max Bill. He travelled to Brazil, where he stood with his wife from 1950 to 1954. He came back in Italy and he was in touch with abstract-geometric artists of Forma 1, such as Dorazio, Turcato, Accardi, Consagra and Perilli. During his stay in Paris in 1957, he met important artists like Tristan Tzara, Man Ray, Andrè Masson, Hans Arp and other Dadaists. His abstract derivation work required the employment of collages, assemblages, photos, solarisations, perspexe: he later resorted to typically informal characters. In 1957 he also published the magazine ‘Modern Experience’ with the assistance of Achille Perilli and it was open to new artistic avant-garde. In the meantime informal influence faded away and the artist elaborated a new technique based on sign-writing, with literary contaminations which related him to writers such as Claude Simon, Pierre Klossowki, Giorgio Manganelli, Alfredo Giuliano and Emilio Villa. He was among the founders of Group Continuity with Fontana, Arnaldo and Giò Pomodoro, Turcato, Dorazio, Bemporad and Tancredi. He displayed his works in various collective exhibitions dedicated to the relationship between painting and writing and gave his contribution to activities of Group 63. In 1964 a personal hall was dedicated to him at Biennial of Venice and in the same year an anthology was organized at Kunstverein in Freeburg. In 1968 he published ‘Journey in Greece’ with drawings and incisions and moved to Venice. In the same year he also completed the volume of drawn tables ‘Brek’s Travels’. Moreover, he took part in Biennial of Venice with a personal hall closed to the public as a complaint about the inquisitorial climate in which the manifestation happened. He started drawing at Accademia of Brera in Milan, where he moved and suddenly passed away on 22nd December 1968.

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