Conrad Marca-Relli

- Selected Works
- Biography

Born in 1913 from Italian parents in Boston, Corrado di Marcarelli (who changed his name in Conrad Marca-Relli to facilitate the English pronunciation at the beginning of 1950) moved to New York in the late 1920’s and from an early age was involved in the New York art scene.  Marca-Relli studied at Cooper Union for a year, before working for the Works Progress Administration (WPA), where he was awarded the Logan Medal of the arts.  He was an avid traveller (including important trips to Mexico and Europe), but he always kept a bond with his native country, and its traditions, specifically the Italian Renaissance.

After his military service during World War II, Marca-Relli became a member of the “Downtown Group”, a group of artists whose studios were in the Greenwich Village neighbourhood of lower Manhattan.   His first solo show was in New York City  at the Niveau Gallery in 1947.

Marca-Relli is considered one of the main exponents of the New York School of Abstract Expressionism, and he was involved in the movement from its conception.

In 1949 he founded the Eight Street Club, together with Mark Rothko, Franz Kline and William de Kooning to organize the first Abstract Expressionist show. In 1951 he exhibited at the Ninth Street Show together with Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, Philip Guston, Robert Motherwell, Barnet Newman, Hans Hoffman, Franz Klein and the gallerist Leo Castelli.  This important exhibition marks the beginning of the new uniquely American artistic movement, which is based on revolutionary painting methods, notably, Action Painting.

His favourite technique is the “collage” as this allowed him to continuously change and develop his works, first by overlapping layers of paper and canvas, and then, from the 1960’s, metal plates. He used collage to delineate volumes, and to create large canvases in which the figurative remains dominant.  The figure is the reason that, although Marca-Relli is considered a pivotal figure in the Abstract Expressionist movement, he stands aside from the movement with his own individual style.  Marca-Relli is often considered the link between European and American cultures, as he combines the dramatic effects of Abstract Expressionism with the sense of order that can be found in Italian Renaissance painting.

He quickly gained an international renown and his artworks are part of the most important collections all around the world.

In 1997 he moved to Parma, Italy, where he died in 2000.

- Exhibitions
  • 2019

    Conrad Marca – Relli, Ronchini Gallery, London

  • 2018

    Marca-Relli, i prodigi del collage, De Primi Fine Art, Lugano.

  • 2017

    Conrad Marca-Relli and Robert Nickle , Pavel Zoubok Gallery, New York.

  • 2016

    New York, Hollis Taggart Galleries
    Prato, Galleria Open Art
    Conrad Marca-Relli, The prodigy of collage - Repetto Gallery, London.

  • 2012

    Londra, Ronchini Gallery

  • 2011

    New York, Knoedler and Company Gallery
    East Hampton, Pollock-Krasner House and Study Center

  • 2010

    Galleria d'arte Bergamo, Bergamo

  • 2009

    New York, Knoedler and Company Gallery

  • 2008

    Milano, Rotonda della Besana

  • 2006

    Brescia, Lagorio Arte Contemporanea

  • 2004

    New York, Joan T. Washburn Gallery.
    Prato, Galleria Open Art

  • 2002

    Parma, Galleria d'Arte Niccoli

  • 2000

    Darmstadt, Institut Mathildenhöhe

  • 1998

    Venezia, Fondazione Peggy Guggenheim

  • 1996

    New York, East Hampton, Vered Gallery

  • 1991

    New York, Marisa del Re Gallery

  • 1990

    Parma, Galleria d'Arte Niccoli.
    Scottsdale (Arizona), Riva Yares Gallery

  • 1989

    New York, Marisa del Re Gallery

  • 1987

    New York, Marisa del Re Gallery

  • 1986

    Chicago, R.H. Love Gallery.
    New York, Marisa del Re Gallery

  • 1985

    New York, Marisa del Re Gallery

  • 1983

    New York, Alex Rosenberg Gallery

  • 1982

    Washington D.C., Phoenix Gallery.
    Birmingham (Michigan), G.M.B. Gallery

  • 1981

    Chicago, Hokin Gallery

  • 1980

    Sarasota (Florida), The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art

  • 1979

    Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.
    New York, Marlborough Gallery.
    Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Carone Gallery

  • 1978

    Barcelona, Galería Joan Prats.
    Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Carone Gallery

  • 1977

    Ibiza, Galería Lanzenberg.
    New York, Cordier & Ekstrom Gallery

  • 1975

    Toronto, Marlborough-Goddard Gallery.
    Montréal, Marlborough-Goddard Gallery.
    New York, Marlborough Gallery.
    Ibiza, Galería Carl Van der Voort

  • 1974

    Zürich, Marlborough Galerie.
    Philadelphia, Makler Gallery

  • 1973

    Madrid, Galería Ynguanzo.
    Auvernier (Neuchâtel), Galerie Numaga.
    Berlin, Galerie Bahlsen

  • 1972

    Ibiza, Galería Carl Van der Voort

  • 1971

    Düsseldorf, Galerie Schmela.
    Fort Lauderdale (Florida), Fort Lauderdale Museum of Art.
    Coral Gables (Florida), Lowe Art Museum University of Miami

  • 1970

    New York, Marlborough Gallery.
    College Park, University of Maryland Art Gallery.
    West Palm Beach (Florida), Norton Gallery and School of Art

  • 1969

    Seattle, Seattle Art Museum.
    Portland (Oregon), Reed College

  • 1968

    Tuscaloosa, University of Alabama.
    Boston, Alpha Gallery.
    Buffalo, Albright-Knox Art Gallery

  • 1967

    Coral Gables (Florida), James David Gallery.
    Philadelphia, Makler Gallery.
    New York, Whitney Museum of American Art.
    Waltham (Massachusetts), Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

  • 1965

    Buenos Aires, Galería Bonino

  • 1964

    New York, Kootz Gallery

  • 1963

    Zürich, Galerie Charles Lienhard.
    Tokyo, Tokyo Gallery.
    New York, Kootz Gallery

  • 1962

    Paris, Galerie de France.
    New York, Kootz Gallery.
    Milano, Galleria del Naviglio.

  • 1961

    Düsseldorf, Galerie Schmela.
    San Francisco, Bolles Gallery.
    Boston, Joan Peterson Gallery.
    Lima, Instituto de Arte Contemporáneo.
    New York, Kootz Gallery

  • 1960

    New York, Kootz Gallery.
    Sharon (Connecticut), Playhouse Gallery

  • 1959

    New York, Kootz Gallery

  • 1958

    New York, Stable Gallery

  • 1957

    Roma, Galleria La Tartaruga.
    Milano, Galleria del Naviglio

  • 1956

    Los Angeles - Hollywood, Frank Perls Gallery.
    New York, Stable Gallery

  • 1955

    New York, Stable Gallery

  • 1953

    New York, Stable Gallery

  • 1951

    New York, New Gallery

  • 1949

    Roma, Galleria Il Cortile.
    New York, Niveau Gallery

  • 1948

    Roma, Galleria Il Cortile

  • 1947

    New York, Niveau Gallery

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