New York

Pier Paolo Calzolari

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

The six sculptures in this exhibition, all associated with the Conceptual art that flourished in the late ’60s and early ’70s, are as quietly vital as when they were first made, and now freshly pertinent. Where they were once important because of their integration of heterogeneous materials (including neon, tobacco leaves, a flute, a refrigerator compressor, candles) into a poetic antiart, they are now important because of their role as markers on a secret path to transcendental wisdom. In all of these “Keatsian” works there is a latent religiosity, a preoccupation with the notion of the divine, and, using contemporary materials, a reconceptualization of the symbols that evoke it.

The sense of progress to some unknown but higher destination is perhaps most transparent in L’aria vibra del ronzio degli insetti (The air vibrates with the buzzing of insects, 1970), where an unstable curvilinear

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