New York

Ricardo Regazzoni

Richard Green Gallery

Although the one is traditionally considered a decorative element and the other its functional support, art and architecture have always had a rather more complex, and problematic, relationship. Since the early ’60s the classical divisions that once separated the two have become blurred, mainly due to the rigid formalism of Minimalist art, and to the large-scale environmental and site-specific installation pieces it has given rise to—in short, the kind of art that is frequently described as architectonic, or conforming to the rules set by architecture. A fresh and appealing commentary on this uncertain relationship was provided by the work in this show, which, appropriately enough, is by an artist who has also worked as an architect.

In the ’60s and ’70s Ricardo Regazzoni painted and designed public architecture in his homeland of Mexico. When he chose to move to New York City, nine years

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