CARLO ZAULI. I BIANCHI
During the Sixties the sculptor and ceramist of Faenza achieves the “Bianco Zauli”: «[…] it is a glaze that doesn’t repel light, it rather drains it slowly, and it traps tiny particles of darkness on its smooth surface» (M. Zauli).
The volume, which was published in the occasion of the exhibition “I Bianchi”, held at the Pinacoteca Comunale in Città di Castello, collects a representative selection of works made of ceramic stoneware that have been realized from 1967 to 1986. The book looks back to areas in which the formative disposition of matter, the relationship between the substance and skin of the sculptural body, the dialectic between bio-morphism and geometry, and the structural behaviour of form all came to the fore. Authors’ opinions contextualize Zauli’s works tracing the uniques chromatic variations of Bianco Zauli, which variate until red, dark brown, grey and black tones.
Zauli is a leading figure of 20th century italian sculpture. His technical training was in the field of ceramic art, however he moved away from its formal principles in the sixties, when his work moved towards a complex form of plastic research of great expressive richness. He won three Faenza Prizes (1953,1958 and 1962), he took part to some editions of the Milan Triennale establishing a close friendship with artists like Fontana, Spagnulo and Pomodoro and his exhibitions were shown all around Europe and even in US and Japan.