Federico Sargentone

  • Tommy Malekoff, Exit Shelter 03, 2020, acrylic ink on muslin, 22 x 29 1/8''.
    picks March 11, 2021

    Tommy Malekoff

    French anthropologist Marc Augé coined the term non-lieu (non-place) to describe transient locations that somehow fail to acquire the status of “proper” places. Liminal, un-relational sites designed to serve a specific purpose, Augé’s non-places—airports, motorways, shopping malls, and other spaces of in-betweenness—are the geographical embodiment of “supermodernity,” a concept advanced, in a different idiom, by Rem Koolhas’s essay “Junkspace” (2002) and the “low-grade purgatory” he postulates as the byproduct of modernization.

    For his first solo exhibition in Italy, Tommy Malekoff turns his

  • Giulio Paolini, Il mondo nuovo (The New World), 2019, paper, Plexiglas, gold frames, 10' 3 1/2" x 14'.
    picks August 05, 2020

    Giulio Paolini

    To create the new body of work on view here, Giulio Paolini looked to Giandomenico Tiepolo’s 1791 fresco Il mondo nuovo (The New World), a painting of a crowd, viewed from behind, gathered around a mysterious attraction in a Venetian square. Although the attention-grabbing spectacle remains unknown to the viewer, the collective’s curiosity suggests something astonishing—the future?

    With his exhibition “Il mondo nuovo,” Paolini, who is seventy-nine years old, meditates on the passing of time with his usual poetic existentialism. In the venue’s first room, the installation Il mondo di prima (The

  • Anna Franceschini, Did you know you have a broken glass in the window?, 2020, ink-jet print on cotton paper on dibond, 47 1/4 x 31 1/2".
    picks March 04, 2020

    Anna Franceschini

    In her first solo exhibition here, Milan-based artist Anna Franceschini conducts a quasi-fetishist investigation into the window display as a para-cinematographic device. “Did you know you have a broken glass in the window?” is inspired by an event that transpired at the jeweler Tiffany & Co. in New York in 1984: A customer mistook a display of broken glass conceived by the brand’s artistic director Gene Moore for accidental damage. Four photographs printed on cotton paper and a new eight-minute-long silent film, all installed in a gallery with walls painted dark gray, bring to life an intentionally

  • Michael Dean, The End, 2020, foam, cable ties, steel, concrete, coirmatting, speakers, turntables and associated amplifying equipment,paperback books vinyl discs, dimensions variable. Installation view, Fondazione Converso, Milan, 2020.
    picks February 05, 2020

    Michael Dean

    In 1945, Benito Mussolini and his mistress Claretta Petacci were murdered and hung in Piazzale Loreto in Milan. For this solo exhibition, the British artist Michael Dean references the image of the corpses—which were made available for collective, heinous violence—as a recent historical example of visceral emotionality. Occupying Fondazione Converso, a two-room, sixteenth-century former Roman Catholic church, Dean’s installation investigates the nature of the space to establish a holistic cosmology of sculpture, sound, and performance.

    The End, 2020, the sole work on view, builds on a new piece

  • Renata Boero, Karte (Map), 2019, natural elements, paper, wood, 55 x 110 x 50". Photo: Alessandro Zambianchi.
    picks December 06, 2019

    Renata Boero

    The six works on view here, spanning from 1968 to 2019, illustrate Renata Boero’s ongoing, stratified interest in the fields of nature, alchemy, and painting. Although the artist’s practice inevitably intersects with the medium of drawing, her primary concern is how paintings can be made with a degree of spontaneity. Boero draws influence  in this regard from her Jungian academic background, which supports reading of painting as an altered mental stateone achieved through impulsiveness and unconscious gestures. Indeed, Boero’s work has a performative quality: Her canvases are stained with the