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(1955), Alberto Burri
Burri’s use of expressive and unconventional materials brought a new and powerful language to post-war art. His work blurred the boundaries between painting and relief sculpture, not least in its visceral combinations of household textiles and mass-produced industrial materials that were torn, torched, melted or charred. A strange beauty survives in the juxtaposition of ruin and repair, balancing precariously between disintegration and cohesion.
Selected by Susan Moore.