New York

Niele Toroni

John Gibson Gallery

American artists of both sexes will have problems with the single brushstroke paintings of Niele Toroni because it’s difficult to fit him into any category. Toroni has been doing the same thing for the past seven years—exactly the same thing! In Bernar Venet style of a five-year strategy and then out, Toroni’s only difference is he’s serving life with the system he adopted in 1967. But times have changed. If he’d shown these paintings in 1967, the reception might have been different. Throughout those seven years separated from dramatic developments in the States Toroni has used a static system to paint by. Static, in the sense that although there might be variables of location or material, the principles stayed the same. Toroni’s system is that he uses the same size brush to make single marks, the same distance apart, on any available material. That’s it! Claiming no emotional preference

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