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'A kind of fissure': Forma (1947-1949)

Ingrams, CV; (2019) 'A kind of fissure': Forma (1947-1949). Object 10.14324/111.2396-9008.034. Green open access

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Abstract

This article explores a selection of paintings made between 1947 and 1949 by Forma, a group of artists working in Rome. Declaring themselves Marxists and Formalists, Forma proposed their version of abstraction as an alternative to the realism increasingly dominant in Italian Marxist circles. Moving beyond prevailing notions of a debate between abstraction and figuration in post-war Italy, this article argues that Forma’s return to the theories of Russian Formalism can be understood as an attempt to renegotiate the legacy of Futurism as well as older histories of Italian painting. In conclusion, this article argues that the antithetical movements of rupture and return, that Forma’s art presents, can be identified as part of a Gramscian struggle for a new culture.

Type: Article
Title: 'A kind of fissure': Forma (1947-1949)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.14324/111.2396-9008.034
Keywords: Geometric Abstraction, Post-war painting, Italian Studies, Gramsci, Formalism
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Dept of History of Art
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10066263
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