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The Art of Italian Futurism

June 02, 2014
Fortunato Depero
Gothamites have long professed a love of Italian food and fashion, but this summer New York is set to embrace the undersung wonders of Italian modern art. And while The Guggenheim is presenting a highly anticipated showcase of Italian Futurism (for which you can expect to queue… at length), we’ve found a far more under-the-radar celebration of Italian brushstrokes at SoHo’s newly unveiled Center for Italian Modern Art (CIMA). Starting as they mean to go on, the organisation’s inaugural exhibit displays a number of never-seen-before or rare works by the lesser-known, but hugely influential futurist, Fortunato Depero.

The installation presents more than 50 of Depero’s most recherché works, including paintings, sculptures, tapestries and collages, all bearing his characteristic bold, colourful and energetic avant-garde stamp. The exhibition is the first in-depth presentation of Depero’s work in New York since the artist lived here more than 86 years ago, and also includes two iconic works by Italian conceptual artist Fabio Mauri that illustrate the artistic legacy of Futurism, despite any historic ties to Fascism. The gallery is open on Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only, and guests are usually treated to a one-hour guided tour by art historian and CIMA Founder Laura Mattioli – just don’t hang about, there are only a few weeks left!

Until 28 June, 2014.
CIMA / 4/F / 421 Broome St / +1 646 370 3596 / guided tours at 11am, 1pm & 3pm Fri-Sat / by appt. only /