Mimmo Rotella (1918–2006), often referred to as a Nouveau Réaliste, was known and revered for his pioneering work focusing on social and political commentary. Mimmo Rotella has rightly been compared to Andy Warhol for, among other things, his admiration of celebrity and popular culture and for his appropriation of commercial imagery and typography. But Rotella’s work represents a personalized blend of influences, including the European avant-garde of Arman, Cesar, and Yves Klein, the American Pop movement, and his own creative ideas, including the inspiration to dissect and re-purpose the glamorous imagery of advertising and movie posters as the basis for the technical structure of his constructions, described as décollages.
The National Gallery of Modern and Contemporary Art, Rome celebrated Rotella‘s 100 year anniversary this winter with an extensive exhibition, “Mimmo Rotella Manifesto”, curated by Germano Celano and Antonella Soldaini.
Due Per La Strada
Mimmo Rotella’s early abstractions moved quickly to pop-art and later evolved into the décollage and poster works he became known for. The work exhibited, Due per la Strada, done in 2003 is a décollage on canvas executed from the Italian poster of the movie “Two for the Road”. It was with his first solo show, at the Mary Boone Gallery in 1979, that Schnabel had his break- through; all his works were sold in advance. He participated at the Venice Biennale in 1980 with Anselm Kiefer and George Baselitz. By 1981, when he exhibited his work in a show jointly organized by Boone and Leo Castelli, he had become firmly established.
Schnabel‘s style is characterized by very large scale paintings often combining abstract and figurative elements. Julian Schnabel, the art-star who took the art world by storm in the 1980s continues to work prolifically and successfully crossing the boundaries of art and film.