abstract image with overlapping blocky red, black, and gray forms against white background; framed

© Afro Basaldella %2F Artists Rights Society %28ARS%29%2C New York

Compostion II, 1962

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A major figure in European postwar abstraction, Afro was active as a printmaker throughout his career. For him, making prints was not a sideline, but rather a central part of his creative practice. This lithograph from 1962 embodies his approach to abstraction, one that synthesized elements of Cubism, Expressionism, and Surrealism into a distinctive style featuring bold color, strong contrasts, expressive mark making, and a vigorous formal harmony. Like many of his works, the print is non-descriptively titled as Composition II, leaving the viewer to assign any meanings or associations.

Details
Title
Compostion II
Artist Life
1912–1976
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2017.115.3
Provenance
(Associated American Artists, New York). Firstier Financial, Inc., Omaha, Neb. [#036002], until 1996, company acquired by First Bank; First Bank System, Minneapolis, sold to Weinstein; (Weinstein Gallery, Minneapolis, given to Mersky); Robert B. Mersky, Minneapolis; given to MIA, 2017
Catalogue Raisonne
Afro-Top Graphic pp.50-51
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abstract image with overlapping blocky red, black, and gray forms against white background; framed

© Afro Basaldella / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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