New York

Vincent Gallo

Annina Nosei Gallery

Vincent Gallo paints what could be called “found sculptural objects,” metal plates that look like big switchbox covers. They are rusty, formerly painted, very scraped, very artistically reduced and de-finished. These are contemporary relics, discards of ”condoed" industrial buildings. On top of these abraded metal surfaces Gallo has painted neo-Roman still lifes of tables, bowls, and grapes.

A graffiti artist told me that he found Gallo’s grape paintings "soft.” Softness has many causes. I think in this case the graffiti artist found Gallo’s paintings too decorative, as if they were too good-looking for their own good. I don’t think they’re soft, but I can’t say that the majority of them won’t hang in dining rooms. That’s okay, isn’t it? If I had a dining room I’d want one of these paintings to hang right over the wall safe where the Château Yquem is kept.

There was a lot of similar “found

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