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Gianfranco Notargiacomo

Galleria La Salita

From his earlier, abstract pieces Gianfranco Notargiacomo has moved toward a wholly unexpected figuration, one which has nothing to do with the figurative classicism currently flooding the Italian scene. His previous work is characterized by a convulsive gesturality, in which foaming and dripping light greens, reds, and purples are contrasted with nervous surfaces of dark blacks and grays. Notargiacomo has now abandoned the abstract gesture, and the image clearly appears—a precise, readable object. The reference, however, accords more to a type of abstraction than to one of realism, for the image is suggested through the most minimal means possible. Chairs or shirts may be visible, but they are represented in abbreviated form; only the unembellished essentials are communicated. A sharp-edged black line functions as a sign for the object, clearly demarcating its edges. The color is in some

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