New York

Nicola De Maria

Galerie Maeght Lelong

Although the Italian artist Nicola De Maria is well known throughout Europe, this was his first solo show in America. One reason De Maria’s work has not been exhibited here before is that he is neither a figurative artist nor a descendant of arte povera. In fact, he doesn’t fit into any of the currently fashionable trends, styles, or stances; he neither trumpets the death of the imagination nor proclaims himself painting’s savior. Given the current crisis in painting, his specialness should be seen as central. That this sense of his work is not likely to happen any time soon is more a comment on contemporary critical discourse and its concern with style than on his accomplishment, which is major.

De Maria is equally blessed and cursed with believing in the sanctity of the world. An intensely isolated sojourner into the visionary realm, he has discovered the links between moral and eternal

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