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Alberto Burri Art

Italian, 1915-1995

Alberto Burri was born in a small town in Umbria, Italy, called Città di Castello. At the age of 25 he graduated with a degree in medicine from Università degli Studi di Perugia. He served as a physician in World War II, where his unit was captured in Tunisia in May 1943 and imprisoned in a prisoner-of-war camp in Texas. Following his release, Burri abandoned medicine and never practiced again. Instead, he took up painting.
Burri set up his first studio in Rome following his repatriation to Italy in 1946. His first solo exhibition was at the Galleria La Margherita in 1947. Burri exhibited with the Rome Art Club and was influenced by the growing Futurist use of multi-material art among his Italian contemporaries. Growing in popularity for his experimental use of pigment and resin - as well as his incorporation of burlap bags and household linens to make his famous Sacchi (sacks) and Bianchi (whites) – Burri began to exhibit in the United States from 1953. His fist exhibition in the USA was at the Allan Frumkin Gallery, Chicago, and the Stable Gallery in New York. Burri’s incorporation of raw material into his art pushed the boundaries between painting and sculpture. His ingenuity only increased over time, and there seemed to be no distinction between artistic materials and simply materials that he harnessed and moulded into art. He developed unprecedented techniques such as painting with combustion to make torched wood veneer works (Legni). steel (Ferri) and overlays of melted and charred plastic (Combustoioni Plastiche). From 1963-1991 Burri spent the winters in Los Angeles with his wife, American dancer Minsa Craig. Here, Burri ventured into Minimalism, painting black and white fields of induced craquelure that make up his famed Cretti monochromatic collection. His Grande Cretto (1985-89) is of course at the heart of this moment as a Land art work built over the ruins of Gibellina, the Sicilian town destroyed by the Belice earthquake sequence. In 1978, Burri designed his own museum in his birth town’s Palazzo Albizzini, which opened in 1981, with works from his last series, the Cellotex, on permanent display from 1990. Since Burri’s death in 1995, in Nice, France, Burri has been the subject of many retrospectives, most notably Alberto Burri: The Trauma of Painting at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2015-2016). His work is held at the Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and has been included at the Venice Biennale International Exhibitions and the Biennale de Lyon.

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Alberto Burri, Cretto B, 1971
By Alberto Burri
Located in London, GB
Finding inspiration from the natural cracking of the desert, Alberto Burri began his Cretti (Cracks) and Cretto series in 1971 by developing on the cracked paint effect that he had u...
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1970s Arte Povera Alberto Burri Art

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Etching, Aquatint

Mold (Muffa) - Original Mixed Media by Alberto Burri - 1951
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Mold (Muffa) is an original mixed media painting on panel realized by Alberto Burri in 1951. Hand signed and dated overleaf. Certificate of autenticity by "Fondazione Palazzo Albiz...
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1950s Arte Povera Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media, Panel

Postcard by Alberto Burri - 1950s
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
This is an Autograph Poscard Signed by Alberto Burri to Nesto Jacometti. May 2nd 1950 On the front, a reproduction of “Le Portrait de Genyere F.G.” with the monogram B.A. Perfec...
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1950s Alberto Burri Art

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Paper

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate D - Alberto Burri - 1969
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates)- Plate D is a wonderful Contemporary artwork hand-signed in pencil on the lower margin. Edition of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce. Hand-numbered in pe...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate E - Alberto Burri - 1969
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Edition of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce Artist's Proofs in Roman Numerals. Very good condition. The work is part of the "Black and white" folder that Alberto Burr...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Alberto Burri - 1969
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Bianco e Nero is an original print acetated artwork realized by Alberto Burri and printed by 2RC, Rome. Hand-signed in pencil on the lower right and numbered edition 73/75 prints. ...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e Neri II (Acetates) - Plate D - Alberto Burri - 1970
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Bianchi e Neri II (Acetates) - Plate D is an original print, hand-signed in pencil on the lower right margin by Alberto Burri. Hand-numbered in pencil on the lower left. Edition of ...
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1970s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e neri II (Acetates) - Plate B
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Bianchi e Neri II (Acetates) - Plate B is a minimal original print, hand-signed in pencil on the lower right margin by Alberto Burri. Hand-numbered in pencil on the lower left. Edit...
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1970s Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Untitled (Calvesi 46)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
1973-1976 Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.5 x 34.6 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered in pencil, lower margin
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Blacks and Whites I ( Acetates) - Plate F - Lithograph Embossing with 1969
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Edition 34/90 prints plus 15 out of commerce Artist's Proofs in Roman Numerals. Publisher : 2RC Gallery The work is part of the "Black and white" folder that Alberto Bu...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate C - Alberto Burri - 1969
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Lithograph, Collage of Acetate and embossing on Rosaspina Paper. Hand Signed. Edition no. 31 of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce Artist's Proofs in Roman Numerals. The work is par...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates), Plate E - Original Mixed Media by Alberto Burri
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Chalcography and acetate collage. Hand Signed. Edition of 90 prints. Image Dimensions: 40 x 50 cm The work is part of the “Black and white” folder that Alberto Burri realised in 19...
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1960s Arte Povera Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media, Lithograph, Paper

Untitled (Calvesi 45)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.6 x 34.5 cm) Frame: 17 7/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (45.4 x 37.5 x 3.8 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered '44/90' i...
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Untitled (Calvesi 46)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.6 x 34.5 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered in pencil on lower margin Published by 2RC, Rome
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Untitled (Calvesi 47)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.6 x 34.5 cm) Frame: 17 7/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (45.4 x 37.5 x 3.8 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered '44/90' i...
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Untitled (Calvesi 48)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.6 x 34.5 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered in pencil on lower margin Published by 2RC, Rome
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Untitled (Calvesi 49)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.6 x 34.5 cm) Frame: 17 7/8 x 14 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (45.4 x 37.5 x 3.8 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered '44/90' i...
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Untitled (Calvesi 50)
By Alberto Burri
Located in New York, NY
Screenprint in colors, on wove paper Sheet: 16 3/4 x 13 5/8 in. (42.6 x 34.5 cm) Edition of 90 Signed and numbered in pencil on lower margin Published by 2RC, Rome
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1970s Abstract Alberto Burri Art

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Screen

Bianchi e neri II (Acetates) - Plate F
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Bianchi e Neri II (Acetates) - Plate F is a fashionable contemporary artwork, hand-signed in pencil on the lower right margin by Alberto Burri. Hand-numbered in pencil on the lower l...
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1970s Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

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Previously Available Items
Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate D
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Edition of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce Artist's Proofs in Roman Numerals. Publisher : 2RC Gallery The work is part of the "Black and white" folder that Alberto Bu...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Mixed Media

Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate E
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Edition of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce Artist's Proofs in Roman Numerals. Publisher : 2RC Gallery The work is part of the "Black and white" folder that Alberto Bu...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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Bianchi e Neri I (Acetates) - Plate F
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Located in Roma, IT
Hand Signed. Edition of 90 prints plus 15 out of commerce Artist's Proofs in Roman Numerals. Publisher : 2RC Gallery The work is part of the "Black and white" folder that Alberto Bu...
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1960s Contemporary Alberto Burri Art

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BURRI: Contributi al Catalogo Sistematico.
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Located in New York, NY
Sarteanesi, Nemo BURRI: Contributi al Catalogo Sistematico. 544 pp., nearly 2,000 small color and b&w catalogue illustrations. Folio, flexible cloth. Citta di Castello, Fondazio...
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Cretto Nero - Original Etching and Aquatint by Alberto Burri - 1971
By Alberto Burri
Located in Roma, IT
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