Frieze New York 2018 

Partners & Mucciaccia presents Carla Accardi (1924-2014), one of the protagonists of Italian art since the 

late 1940s. Her work focuses on the interaction between sign, light and color. 

Partners & Mucciaccia brings together her iconic paintings of the 1950s/60s to trace Accardi’s artistic evolution, including works that have been shown in ground-breaking exhibitions held in the late 1950s and 

early 1960s. 

Life is not always easy or beautiful. Only in knowing the night do I know the day, and only in knowing cold 

do I know heat. I express these contrasts in my painting by superimposing black on white, or by placing a circle next to a contrasting shape. …I simply paint a symbolic portrait of life as I see it, with its struggles, its 

joys, its miseries and its defeats…” (Accardi in conversation with H. Lester Cooke, 1955). 

In the 1950s, Accardi produces a series of bichrome works, characteristic of her positive/negative series, 

resulting in her black and white paintings. She creates a sign and repeats it over and over again, a sense of continuity, creating a remarkably familiar calligraphy. In the 1960s, vibrant colors are introduced in her 

palette. The relationship between sign and color determines the role of motion and spatial function. 

Influenced by her interest in film and advertising, she begins using fluorescent colors as a way to embrace 

the social, much to the contrary of the Pop art movement which is rather a reference to consumer products. 

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Short biography – Carla Accardi 

Born in 1924 in Trapani, Italy; dies in 2014 in Rome, Italy. 

After her studies at the Accademia delle Belle Arti in Florence, she moves to Rome in 1946. She founds the 

Group Forma 1 in 1947, together with her future husband Antonio Sanfilippo, as well as with the artists 

Turcato, Attardi, Perilli, Dorazio and Guerrini. The Group aims to reconcile Marxism politics with abstract art. After the group Forma 1 breaks-up in 1951, Accardi continues her abstract, but concrete, research until 

1952 and from 1954 she starts painting in black and white – the Negativi series. In 1961, she reintroduces 

colours in her compositions, obtaining also optical effects. Color reappears with much more vibrant 

tonalities, and the sign changed structure. The first intensely chromatic works are exhibited in 1961 at the 

Parma Gallery in New York and the New Vision Centre Gallery in London. Accardi joins the Continuità Group, and prepares solo exhibitions in New York and London. In the 1970s, she works with glazes on 

terracotta tiles and paints repeated geometric patterns on sicofoil, transparent plastic instead of canvas. 

Using large sheets, she completes a series of works that investigate the relationship with the environment: 

Tenda and Tripla tenda for Galleria Editalia of Rome and for Venice Biennale 1976, Ambiente/Arte Section. 

She participates at Venice Biennale in 1948, 1964, 1976, 1978, 1988, and1993. In the 1980s, Accardi returns to two-dimensional with the sequences of the Parentesi and Capricci. She continues to exhibit in solo and 

group exhibitions worldwide and in 1996, Accardi is named Accademico di Brera in Milan and in 1997 she 

receives the Cavaliere di Gran Croce. 

Partners & Mucciaccia | Modern and Contemporary Art Massimiliano Mucciaccia, as founding partner, opened Partners & Mucciaccia in Singapore, in 2012. The 

gallery holds first-time solo exhibition for their international artists, as well as showcases artists from the 

region. Located in the prestigious and green district of Gillman Barracks, the gallery is a cultural hub and 

hosts a well-diverse events programme for artistic thought-provoking debates. In June 2016, Partners & 

Mucciaccia opened in London. Situated in the heart of Mayfair, the identity of the gallery is defined for its strong exhibition programme featuring leading modern and contemporary Italian and international artists. 

The gallery’s vision is to explore the works of artists and sculptors who sought new approaches to art, with a 

particular attention to the XX and XXI century. 

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you wish to receive further information. 

Partners & Mucciaccia 

45 Dover Street | London W1S 4FF 

Tel. +44 20 7629 9605 E. 

Partners & Mucciaccia – 45 Dover Street – London W1S 4FF – United Kingdom Tel +44 20 7629 9605 | | Registered in England No. 09900430 at Winnington House 2 Woodberry Grove, North Finchley, London N12 0DR London | Rome | Singapore | Cortina d’Ampezzo