Untitled. Original color litograph, unknown year. Edition of 50 signed and numbered impressions on Arches paper.
Mimmo Rotella was an Italian post-war artist, best known for his decollage and psychogeographics, made from advertising posters. He began as a painter of geometric abstractions but he turned away towards the world around him and inspired by torn movie and advertising posters around the town, Rotella began to work with them in his studio, created semi-abstract compositions which he called “double décollages”. The purpose was to give a common object artistic value and remove its natural environment. Rotella also created assemblages of junk objects – bottle caps and stoppers, pieces of rope, twine etc. Except those decollages and assemblages, he also experimented with his poetry, paintings, photographs and collages, breaking down conventions and leaving behind a body of extravagant work. This artwork, even though its not a decollage with parts of street posters, has something which relates to Rotella’s works – a commercial. There is a woman sitting in the silk nightdress and putting makeup on her face, who looks exactly like the girls from the posters and television.