Art: Outside Is Everything

How should a modern artist react to the atomic age? In Venice last week, 13 Italian painters who call themselves "spatialists" and "nuclearists" gave their answer with an exhibit "inspired by the atomic bomb." The canvases were almost as explosive as the bomb itself: furious fireballs of bright colors and bold contrasts. Prizewinning explosion: a churning blue and green fantasy by a 27-year-old artist named Gianni Dova. At the top of his painting was a dripping black splash with a fiery red spot. The impression he hopes to give, says Dova, is that the splash is alive, and will "continue to...

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