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Bice Lazzari

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Measures and Signs. Curvatures (Misure e segni. Curvature), 1967
Tempera and graphite on canvas, 75 x 75 cm
Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Venice
Gift, Archivio Lazzari, Rome, 2012.2


Beatrice (Bice) Lazzari, born and raised in Venice, was an exponent of post-war Italian abstraction. Her career was largely conducted in Rome, where she lived from 1935. Alongside figures such as Anni Albers, Sophie Tauber and Sonia Delaunay, she belongs to the ranks of great women abstract artists of the twentieth century. Joining three earlier donations, Misure e segni. Curvature consolidates the representation of the artist’s œuvre in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, being a work from a distinctive post-informel phase that Lazzari commenced in 1964, and which saw a radical conversion to principles of pure visual research. Seeking to free herself from recollections, history, physicality and matter, she shifted to basic rectilinear signs and their relationship to and within space.

credits: Hangar Design Group