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Giulio Paolini

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

From framing a can of paint in 1961 to framing his signature in 1973, Giulio Paolini has encompassed most of the basic moves of Conceptual art and arte povera. But his special concern has always been the validity of the image, which has often taken the form of conceptual installations incorporating fragments of plaster casts of classical sculptures with overt references to the Renaissance and the idea of perspective. In general the subject of his work is Platonism, the idea complex involving an ideal mind-realized order that is mathematically precise and at the same time absolutely beautiful and mysterious.

Here Paolini exhibited his installation Trionfo della rappresentazione (Triumph of representation, 1985). Each of three slide projectors mounted on pedestals in the center of the gallery projected a discrete image onto one of three walls. The first image was that of a slide projector

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