Caterina Caputo

Spring 2019

Caterina Caputo received her PhD from the University of Florence, where she also worked as a tutor and gave academic support for the course in History of Contemporary Art. Her thesis, “Collecting, Displaying, Selling: Market Strategies and Dissemination of Surrealism between 1938 and 1950: the case of the London Gallery,” focused on the internationalization of Surrealism in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as on the role that Surrealists’ collections played in this context.

She has presented papers related to her research subjects in several international conferences in Italy, France, and the UK, and has published articles on Surrealism, Giorgio de Chirico, and collecting in journals such as Ricerche di storia dell’arte and Archivio dell’arte metafisica. In 2017 she participated in the Ecole de printemps (the International Consortium on Art History) and contributed to the Centre Pompidou Summer School with a topic concerning Surrealists’ collections. She also took part in academic research groups at the University of Florence, and in 2016 became a member of the Paul Mellon Centre Doctoral Research Network (London). Recently, Caterina has been awarded a postdoctoral fellowship at the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Collection.

For her CIMA fellowship, she will examine Giacomo Manzù’s critical reception in the US after World War II, specifically between 1949 and 1968. In this context, she will investigate the reception of Manzù’s oeuvre in the United States as well as the image of this artist as it was shaped by American critics, curators, and art dealers. In addition, her project aims to study the impact of the materiality of Manzù’s sculptures on the postwar American artistic scene, namely in a period when conceptual art and de-materialization absorbed the majority of artistic research.