Rome

Anne and Patrick Poirier

Galleria Arco d’Alibert

The representation of ruins has ancient roots and illustrious precedents; in various epochs, a sense of searching through sites from the past has been communicated through the evocation of the remnants of the classical age. Fragmentary suggestions of antiquity elicit feelings of transience, ephemeralness, catastrophe, almost as if to indicate that nothing is impervious to the forces of time, that everything is subject to decay. The attempt to reveal traces of a sumptuous but long-vanished past has thus taken on the aspect of an illustration of the vanity of every artistic gesture, be it sculpture, painting, or architecture.

Anne and Patrick Poirier, the French couple who for some time now have been concerned with the evocation of ancient sites (particularly those in Italy), mounted a show entitled “Frammenti di marmo e di parole” (Fragments of marble and of words). Sculptural details of

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