Alighiero e Boetti

Galleria Lucio Amelio

In the 11 works shown here Alighiero e Boetti once again stages his divided self as the work’s protagonist. This time he has used mirror images of a simplified self-portrait, an emblematic figure of the artist as “artificer” that has appeared in his work since the mid ’70s. The very title of the show, “Tra se e se” (Between self and self), is a reference to Boetti’s two specular images, which close off the upper and lower borders of all 11 of these paper-on-canvas pieces from 1986. The viewpoint is from above, showing the artist’s head in black silhouette and his two outstretched hands holding a pencil, the primary tool used to create these works. Why between his two hands? Because Boetti always uses both hands for working: the right one for drawing, the left for writing, or vice versa. And he also uses writing that goes in either direction, from right to left or from left to right, as a

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