“Italian Art Now:An American Perspective”

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum | New York

This exhibition consisted of the work of seven artists: Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi, Nino Longobardi, Luigi Ontani, Giuseppe Penone, Vettor Pisani, and Gilberto Zorio. It provoked numerous questions, but furnished no answers or conclusions about the current Italian art scene. The choice of only seven artists seems to me excessively limited; the changes that took place in Italian art during the ’70s, seen in the transition from Arte Povera to New Image painting (the two poles represented in this show), assumed numerous forms through a process both more subtle and more polemical than this show suggested. The catalogue introduction deals only with the differences among the individual artists and leaves unresolved the reasons behind the curator’s choices. It is not sufficient to refer to the last fifty years of Italian art, singling out the legacies of Giorgio de Chirico and Filippo de Pisis, if

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