Los Angeles

Paolo Buggiani

Felix Landau Gallery

With arch tact and taste this young Italian painter creates layered landscape abstractions derived from the open textural planes of Tapies and the smothering veils of Afro, seasoned by American gestural modes. He counts his accidents on the fingers of one hand, and deliberates upon each addition with cool reserve, knitting together isolated and somewhat spotty effects. L’Isola del Corallo, Vento Caldo and Fiume Sepolto mark the height of his present power in drama and resolution, for they break with the general mood of restless monotony. Sameness is enforced by the general poverty of color—tan, red, black, and white—appropriate to aridity but safe and smart as well. Other barely perceptible degrees of view may be distinguished. Recent gestures indicate the exploration of cross-sections or subterranean levels. And as a companion to this vertical movement, certainly under the spell of Pop Art (in canvases of 1964), a horizontal passage from left to right illustrates in successive diptych and triptych stages, his manner of building a painting. Though the locus of diagrammatic analysis remains constant, so too does an instructive demonstration in self-consciousness. It is to be hoped that this examination of limitations will not result in eventual starvation; his fields are already exposed and perilously parched.

Fidel A. Danieli