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PRINT March 1992

IDENTIKIT

Along the Edge

“To insist, to repeat, and to continue seem the only ways to sustain the weight of a void that no one expects to fill.” So Giulio Paolini wrote in 1991. The sentence’s focus, it seems to me, is less the active verbs that start it off than the void that the artist takes on at its center. Looking at Paolini’s work, and reading his writings, I always have the sensation of moving with him as if along the edge of a well, around an emptiness that he has shown me. Now, in response to my suggestion that he write an artist’s statement for Artforum, he has agreed on the condition that I add an introduction. Once again, he is taking me to look at that dizzying boundary. And here I am.

For Paolini, the role of the artist is clearly not to offer the viewer a comfortable place to land. He has never practiced a didactic art; he has never assumed the stance of the master, has never set out

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