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Anthony Joseph Salvatore


Anthony Joseph Salvatore’s lyrical abstractions recall the canvases of early American Modernists such as Arthur Dove, glowing with the inner light of stained-glass windows. These 13 medium-sized works in oil and acrylic on paper unfold like so many parts of a greater whole—in each, organic-looking blue and green fields are punctuated by quasi-figural and abstract forms of red and orange. This restless interplay of abstract shapes hints at a hidden, underlying order. Each title cites a specific passage from the Bible, which, instead of providing easy explanations, requires the viewer to confront a basic paradox: the coupling of a stern, Biblical message with sensuous form and lush color. For Salvatore, a self-taught artist and Pentecostal visionary, the medium and the message are decidedly one.

An outsider among “Outsiders,” Salvatore, who lives in Ohio, does not fit neatly into the

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