Emmanuel Di Donna is taking on the estate of Nuvolo, the name adopted by Giorgio Ascani, and launching with an exhibition curated by Germano Celant opening in New York on October 27th. As with all artists’ estates, the dealer is embarking upon a program to raise the artist’s visibility and stature. Celant’s show is the first step. It brings together 20 works by Nuvolo, most of which have never been seen outside of Italy, contextualized by important works by Alberto Burri, Ettore Colla, Pietro Consagra, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Addie Herder, Piero Manzoni, Conrad Marca-Relli, Manolo Millares, Mimmo Rotella, Angelo Savelli, Salvatore Scarpitta, Toti Scialoja, Antoni Tàpies, and Cy Twombly.
Nuvolo and Post-War Materiality 1950–1965 brings together works of art from private collections as well as loans from museums and foundations such as the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Pinacoteca Comunale, Città di Castello; the MAC-Museo d’Arte Contemporanea di Lissone; and the Fondazione Toti Scialoja, Rome. The exhibition is accompanied by a book published by Skira Editore, Milan in collaboration with Di Donna Galleries. The publication features an essay by Germano Celant as well as a thorough chronology of Nuvolo’s artistic explorations, contextualized within the non-figurative trends of his contemporaries as they unfolded in Italy, Europe, and the United States. Supporting materials include historical documentation and texts by and about the artist, accompanied by a large selection of color illustrations featuring works by Nuvolo produced between 1952 and 1965.