Carla Accardi. Courtesy Sperone Westwater, New York.

Artist Carla Accardi died Feb. 23 at age 89 in Rome. Known for her involvement in Italy's postwar art scene, Accardi trained at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, moving to Rome in 1946. There, she co-founded Forma 1 (1947-51), a Marxist-leaning artist group comprised of fellow Art Club affiliates. A key member of the Italian avant-garde, she is best known for her abstract paintings on Sicofoil, a transparent plastic sheeting. In 1996, Accardi was honored as a member of the Accademia di Brera in Milan. A three-time participant in the Venice Biennale (1964, 1976, 1978 and 1988), she joined the Venice Biennale commission as an advisor in 1997. Exhibited widely in Europe, she had her first U.S. solo exhibition at MoMA P.S.1 in 2001 at age 77.

In June 2005, A.i.A. published the article "Carla Accardi: A Desire for Contradiction." Click here to read the article.