Roberto Crippa


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Italian painter and sculptor. He was born in Monza and studied at the Brera Academy in nearby Milan, Carrà being one of his teachers. His work was very varied. Early in his career he painted geometrical abstractions, then in the late 1940s and early 1950s he was involved in the Spatialism movement of his friend Fontana, whilst at the same time producing the first Action Paintings by an Italian artist (in his series of calligraphic spiral paintings of 1949–52). In the mid-1950s he turned to various types of three-dimensional work, including cast-iron sculpture and relief collages incorporating materials such as wood and newspaper. Their expressive quality is far removed from the cool objectivity of Spatialism, but he continued to see himself as a colleague of Fontana. Crippa was a qualified pilot and died when an aeroplane he was flying crashed.

From A Dictionary of Modern and Contemporary Art in Oxford Reference.

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