Carla Accardi is Italy’s Grand Dame of Abstractionism. Indeed, Accardi (1924-2014) is known for her significant contribution to the acceptance of abstract art throughout the peninsula. In the 1960s, Accardi’s bi-chrome script-like canvases turned transparent and three dimensional. Using Sicofoil, a clear plastic sheeting seen in commercial packaging, she produced myriad tent-like works that were large enough for the viewer to access. Accardi was a dynamic part of the international art scene for nearly 70 years, appearing in countless collective and personal exhibitions in Paris, Moscow, Shanghai and New York. Her works can be found as part of the permanent collection in several Italian museums. Accardi’s Self-portrait, together with others by cutting-edge international women artists such as Vanessa Beecroft and Yayoi Kusama, were added to the Vasari Self-Portrait Collection at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery in 2010. Red and Green, the tempera-on-canvas work she painted in 1966 was restored by AWA in 2014.