Arch Connelly

(Chicago, Illinois 1950 – New York, 1992)

He moved within the East-Village and Patterns & Decoration, a trend that from the middle of the 70s, in contrast with the minimal and conceptual movements, asserted in America with its opulent and transgressive energy, full of hints to the various craft and popular arts. His extreme “iperdecorative” vocation for embellishing banal and “quality-less” objects belonging to everyday life goes back to the Pop Art American tradition.
Last stage “New Baroque” takes Connely to an ephemeral hyperbole, to a theatrical apology. As a result painting is transformed into a high-class painting that goes beyond Pollock and Stella’s overburdened refinement, in order to dive into an atmosphere of fin de siécle.