Artistic ambassador Laura Mattioli

Apr 19, 2021 369

BY: Lou Carlozo

In the eyes of even the most adoring beholder, a stereotype exists that Italian visual art begins with a bang in antiquity, hits its peak in the Renaissance and ceases to be much of a factor by the mid-20th century. After all, the 1950s and ’60s were the era of Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, right?

One woman has reformed that view by taking a lead role in celebrating Italy’s influence in the modern and postmodern movements. The daughter of a prominent art collector, Laura Mattioli is the founder of New York’s Center for Italian Modern Art. 

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