New York

Alighiero Boetti

John Weber Gallery

Alighiero Boetti's work leaves me puzzled. Is he deliberately mocking the notion of art as a solution to a problem? Is his use of a series taken through various permutations an indictment of the repetition of art production, varying the terms without changing the theme? Or, is he questioning judgments of quality, of one answer being more valid than another? His drawings are all on graph paper—as if to emphasize their grounding in mathematical truth. One group involves the filling in of a set number of consecutive squares, the set number of times, each pattern being different. Seven sevens, nine nines, etc., the' most being 119 119s. Would an arrangement other than that given be any more right, any better in its solution of the task? And once one has completed seven sevens, why continue to nine nines? Is it just an excuse for making another image? Or, is it an investigation of what happens

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