Hidetoshi Nagasawa

Galleria Valeria Belvedere

The sculptures of Nagasawa are characterized by a balance between Orient and Occident, a balance that was more than ever apparent in this show of seven new works (all but one from 1988). From the East, he has drawn from his experiences as a student of the martial arts (he is a karate champion), with the meditative and philosophical depth that that implies; to the West (he lives in Milan), he owes his attitude toward artmaking—as an expression of form and a translation of materials—under the constant stimulus of present and past works of art.

The show began with Ponte di pietra (Stone bridge), which spanned the gallery entrance above the heads of the viewers. For this work, Nagasawa had sawed the trunk of a maple tree into five sections (cutting them at an angle), painted the ends of each piece blue, and arranged them like the voussoirs of an inverted arch between two walls of the gallery.

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