Gianni Piacentino

Castello di Rivara

This retrospective shows Gianni Piacentino’s works moving from a mute, hermetic, artful language of monochromatic surfaces and structures toward the construction of a pedestrian identity. Piacentino’s earliest works presented here, Stero and Ma F.F., both 1965, are essentially monochromatic canvases of different shapes, sizes, and colors. The sculptural works from 1966, such as Dark Violet-Gray Three Dimensions, continue this artful language while demonstrating an attention to technique that manifests itself in the almost industrial perfection of his surfaces. With his monochromatic table-like structures, such as Metalloid Warm Red-Pink, 1967, Piacentino’s works began to leave their artful arena to become or to mimic objects. These perfectly utilitarian and vibrantly colored works are followed by Pearlescent Wings, 1969, a set of sculptural airplane wings, and Marbled Vehicle, 1969, a

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