previews

Modena

Domenico Gnoll

Galleria Civica di Modena
Corso Canalgrande 103
January 28–March 25

Domenico Gnoli (1933-70) spent much of his life away from his native Italy and thus left few works in the land of his birth. For that reason, Italian museums rarely revisit the output of this seminal postwar artist, making this exhibition, comprising thirty paintings, sixty drawings, and ten etchings, among the most noteworthy in this season. Gnoli’s paintings couple meticulous realism and comic-book irony, and his almost pathological eye magnifies the most inconspicuous details—lending the buttonhole of a jacket, or the part in a subject’s hair, an unexpected gravity and presence. Organized by Walter Guadagnini, this retrospective comes with a catalogue featuring an essay by Achille Bonito Oliva.