Pietro Fortuna

Galleria Giuliana de Crescenzo

This exhibition of works in several media by Pietro Fortuna was not large, but it was carefully thought out and perfectly presented. A single large painting in the dazzling, white space of the gallery was aligned exactly with the entry door. On the wall to the left were three small-scale works on paper; on the wall to the right, ten drawings repeated certain themes with a musical cadence, like vibrations of an echo. Fortuna himself calculated everything—the distances, the proportions, the modulation of rhythm and tone from one work to the next—so that the overall effect would be that of a single, unified work.

The show, entitled “Paese” (Country), seemed to mark a new stage in Fortuna's work. In the single painting on canvas, also called Paese, 1987, his palette, which since the late '70s was distinguished by a choice of earth colors, browns, yellows, and blacks, has been reduced to clear

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