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Miquel Barcelò

Galleria Lucio Amelio

Through the five large paintings and the series of watercolors shown here, Miguel Barcelò explores the theme of the desert. He chooses it, not as a figurative idea, but as a mental and sentimental location—as the site for his discourse on painting. Barcelò uses painting as an instrument of investigation and awareness; he faces the problems of European pictorial culture, at the same time revealing a profound connection with the great Spanish tradition. In terms of technique, he shows a virtuosic ability to bring together areas of extremely condensed material and others more fluid and rarefied, at times tending toward an infinite spatiality, at others toward an investigation of visual and formal properties. Barcelò starts with the desert and progresses to the description of still lifes, suspended and lunar scenes, images of interiors. The painting seems to be made up of contrasts between

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