With Carla Accardi's first major New York show in five years on view at Haunch of Venison from May 10 to June 26, A.i.A. looks back to this close reading of her 2005 survey exhibition at Sperone Westwater.


Three imposing diptychs completed in 2004 presided over Sperone Westwater's selective five-decade survey of paintings by Carla Accardi. Each measures 86 1⁄2 by 126 inches, a scale used only rarely by the octogenarian artist and achieved by abutting modular canvases. All were rendered in two colors (a hallmark, if not an apodictic rule, of her work for half a century), with solid fields against which limber graphic elements arc, squirm and drift. The reductive marks plainly evoke the graffiti-based imagery of Keith Haring, but there are no squawking TVs or copulating couples to be seen—just gymnastic linear fragments that seem about to stretch and reconfigure themselves even as they momentarily suggest the partial contour of a leg, a derrière, a swimmer, a sickle, a piano lid, a creeping worm. LEFT: PUNTO CON RAGGI, 1972


READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM JUNE/JULY 2005. HAUNCH OF VENISON IS LOCATED AT 1230 AVENUE OF THE AMERICAS, NEW YORK. WORK BY CARLA ACCARDI OPENS MAY 10, 6–8 PM.