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Black Is… Unpacking Aldo Tambellini’s Radical Blackness

Electromedia portrait of Aldo Tambellini at the Black Gate Theater, New York, 1967. Photograph: Richard Raderman. © Aldo Tambellini Art Foundation, Salem MA
Matthew Barrington examines Aldo Tambellini’s engagement with Afro-American culture, in relation to his approach to abstraction, the non-pictorial and the anti-representational. For Barrington, Tambellini’s exploration of black both as a formal question and as a racial and political issue positions the artist ‘as an intriguing reference point for contemporary debates around the relationship between Blackness and experimental media arts despite him being an Italian-American artist.’