Giancarlo Neri “Nove Lune”

Giancarlo Neri, an Italian artist who has lived in New York for the last nine years, created an outdoor installation of a group of nine recent paintings inspired by meditations on the subject of the moon. The installation invited a fascinating array of thoughts and speculations concerning the role of the artist’s studio in the creative process. Neri’s studio, a back room of a small, walk-up apartment, located on one of the densely packed streets of Greenwich Village, turned out to be an active and integral element in his work, from conception through execution, and, finally, to installation. Its starting point, according to the artist, was the prominent back window which leads onto the fire escape and offers a full view of the roof of the building opposite Neri’s own. The stage-like picture this view afforded was striking enough to spark in Neri a desire to do something with it. Neri wanted

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