Label Text: Piero Dorazio’s work is recognizable by either intense cross-hatching or luminous bands of overlapping color, which may be geometrically ruled or more lyrically traced, as in Fenice. This work offers a glimpse of sweeping, dancing, colored lines. Dorazio may have begun to paint these ribbons, which would dominate his subsequent work, during a stay in New York in the 1950s. Though exposure to American Abstract Expressionists may have reinforced his commitment to abstraction, Dorazio’s interest originated from his study of early-20th-century European traditions, including the dynamic movement and line of Italian Futurist painters. He is recognized as a father of Italian abstraction.