• Jannis Kounellis

    These recent works by Jannis Kounellis resounded like a funeral elegy through the high places of contemporary art (the gallery, the city of New York), but also like a lament over the dead ashes of painting. The opening installation, of two black-painted canvases and two assemblages of rough wood, iron, and steel, was explicitly dedicated to New York in an inscription painted on the wall. The canvases suggested a dark horizontal through space, the metropolis in blackout, its proud verticality laid low in a disjointed deconstruction. They seemed to raise subterranean powers and to bar hope. The