Carmine Benincasa

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Carmine Benincasa
Born (1947-12-17) 17 December 1947 (age 67)
Eboli, Italy
Nationality Italian
Education University of Rome
Occupation Art critic, author, journalist
Title Professor
Spouse(s) yes
Children 3

Carmine Benincasa is an Italian art critic and art historian professor.


Carmine Benincasa was born in Eboli in the south of Italy. After studying in a religious school he moved to Rome to study theology, philosophy and law.

He was a professor of art history at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Macerata in Florence and professor of history art at the Faculty of Architecture of the University La Sapienza of Rome. During this period he established contact with intellectuals like Jean-Paul Sartre,[1] Jorge Luis Borges, Marguerite Yourcenar, Bruno Zevi and many more.

He is currently chief editor of Cahiers d'Art International.

From 1978 to 1982 he was member of the Commissione Consultiva Arti Visive della Venice Biennale [2] and main advisor of the Ministry of Culture and Environment. In 1994 for his political implications he was accused of robbery and sent-off to jail for a very short period as the accusations were inconsistent. Within the legislation system of Italy, only 20 years later the Supreme Court of Italy find him innocent of all the charges.[3]

He has published numerous essays, articles and monographs on major authors of contemporary art i.e. P. Klee; A. Masson; A. Tàpies; G. Corneille: R. Guttuso; H. Moore; M. Ceroli; P.A. Renoir; U. Mastroianni ; W. De Kooning; J. Mirò; G. Rouault; A. Modigliani, A. Bragaglia; G. Balla; W. Kandinsky; H. Matisse; G. Morandi; O. Kokoschka;, as well as curated exhibitions mostly all over the world, including the Venice Biennale.

Andy Warhol with prof Benincasa (left), Rome

Selected works[edit]

  • Chiesa e storia del cardinale Emmanuel Suhard e il Concilio Vaticano II – Ed. Paoline, 1967
  • L’interpretazione tra futuro e utopia – Ed. Magma, Roma 1973
  • Sul manierismo – Come dentro uno specchio, La Nuova Foglio Editrice 1975; 2° ed – Ed. Officina, Roma
  • Babilonia in fiamme – Saggi sull’arte contemporanea – Ed. Electa, Milano 1978
  • Architettura come dis-identità – Ed. Dedalo, Bari 1978[4]
  • L’altra scena – Saggi sul pensiero antico, medioevale e controrinascimentale – Ed. Dedalo, 1979[5]
  • Anabasi – Architettura e arte 1960/1980 – Ed. Dedalo, Bari 1980
  • Joan Mirò – Ed. 2C, Roma 1981
  • Oskar Kokoschka - La mia vita – Ed. Marsilio, Venezia 1981
  • Georges Braque – Opere dal 1900 al 1963 – Ed. Marsilio, Venezia 1982
  • Verso l’altrove – Fogli eretici sull’arte contemporanea – Ed. Electa, Milano 1983
  • Alvar Aalto – Ed. Leader, 1983
  • Paul Klee – Ed. Marisa del Re Gallery, 1983[6]
  • Umberto Mastroianni – Monumenti 1945/1946 – Ed. Electa, Milano 1986
  • Il colore e la luce – L’arte contemporanea – Ed. Spirali, Milano 1985
  • André Masson – L’universo della pittura – Ed. Mondatori, Milano 1989
  • Clara Halter - Trace - Ed. Robert Laffont; First Edition, 1992


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