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Porfirio DiDonna

112 Greene Street

Porfirio DiDonna died in 1986 at the age of 44. He began his career in the ’60s, when the major issues were the fabrication of a literal surface, the legacy of Abstract Expressionism, and conflicting notions regarding objecthood, iconicity, and spirituality, and proceeded to develop his approach to painting during the heyday of Minimalism and the reign of formalist dogma. The exhibition consisted of work from the first and last periods of his career: moderate-size oil paintings done in the mid ’60s, while he was a graduate student in fine arts at Pratt Institute, New York, and large-scale vertical oil paintings done in 1984 and ’85. By juxtaposing works from these two periods, Nina Nielsen and John Baker of the Nielsen Gallery, Boston, under whose auspices this show was organized, imply that DiDonna never jettisoned his earliest concerns regarding painting (both act and object) and its

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