Pablo Echaurren (b.1951)



Pablo Echaurren (b.1951). Nubi Blu, Gialle e Nubi Rosse, 1973. Ink and watercolor on paper measures 7 x 9.5 inches; 12.5 x 15 inches in original transparent plexi presentation box. Signed, titled and dated lower right. Provenance. Acquired from Locks Gallery Exhibition, 1974. Back bears original labels for owners, the noted Philadelphia antiques dealer, Joseph David Buckner and Robert Lewis of Rittenhouse Plaza, Philadelphia. 1974 dated Perakis Frame label affixed en verso.

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Pablo Echaurren is an Italian painter who was born in Rome in 1951. He is the son of Chilean painter Roberto Matta and Italian actress Angela Faranda. His surname stems from a clerical error in the civil registry office, which was eventually corrected, but Echaurren continued to use the name professionally.

He started to paint at the age of 18, inspired by the Roman artist Gianfranco Baruchello, and was discovered by the critic and gallerist Arturo Schwarz, who promoted his work in Italy and abroad.[2]

Between 1971 and 1975 he exhibited in Berlin, Basel, Philadelphia, Zurich, New York and Brussels and in 1975 he was invited to show at the Paris Biennale. His exhibition held at the Schwarz Gallery in Milan in 1974, was presented by Henry Martin, an American art critic and curator who has been writing about Fluxus for almost three decades. In 1974 he held two solo exhibitions in the USA: in Philadelphia at the Marian Locks Gallery and in New York at the Robert Stefanotty Gallery. His output at the beginning of his career was along minimalist lines, characterized by a conceptual approach and a rejection of pictorial conventions, offering an alternative to the idea of the work of art as fetish. Child of an age in wich art and political commitment were often associated, he played an active part in the movement of so-called indiani metropolitani (metropolitan Indians), a section of the far left that in 1977 adopted the aesthetic languages of the artistic avant-garde.

Echaurren has also produced illustrations, posters and book covers, including that of the best seller Porci con le ali, as well as “metacomics”. He has also published novels and pamphlets on the world of art.

Since 1997 he is member of the National Academy of San Luca.[6]

In 2010 he founded the Fondazione Echaurren Salaris with his wife, Claudia Salaris, an avant-garde historian.

Since 2012 he is a blogger for The Huffington Post.

In 2013 the Beinecke Library, Yale University, bought a collection of his documents and drawings related to his work in Counterculture and the Movement of ’77. “What Pablo is working out here, through endless trial-and-error variations in his own inimitable style, is a conception of art as direct and active engagement in this struggles (and pleasures) of everyday life that played an immensely important role in the intertwined histories of the postwar avant-garde and the culture of protest as it emerged after 1945.”

Since 2000, his work has been presented at solo exhibitions:

  • Pablo Echaurren. Dagli anni settanta a oggi (Chiostro del Bramante, Rome 2004)
  • Al ritmo dei Ramones (Auditorium Parco della musica, Rome 2006)
  • Pablo Echaurren a Siena (Magazzini del Sale, Siena 2008)
  • L’invenzione del basso (Auditorium Parco della musica, Rome 2009)
  • Crhomo Sapiens (Museo della Fondazione Roma, Palazzo Cipolla, 2010-11)
  • Lasciare il segno (MAR, Ravenna 2011)
  • Baroque’n’Roll (MACRO, Rome 2011)
  • Matta: Roberto Sebastian Matta, Gordon Matta-Clark, Pablo Echaurren (Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice 2013)
  • Iconoclast (Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, London 2014); Contropittura (Galleria nazionale d’arte moderna e contemporanea, Rome 2015)
  • Make Art not Money (Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes, Santiago de Chile 2016)
  • Du champ magnétique (Scala Contarini del Bovolo, Venice 2017)
  • ’77 – Tano D’Amico and Pablo Echaurren (Museo di Roma in Trastevere, Rome 2017-2018)
  • Soft Wall (Palazzo della Cultura, Catania 2017-2018)