Rome

John Baldessari

Galleria Primo Piano

John Baldessari has always played with the enormous capacity of images to free meaning; that is, stylistically (and thus ideologically) to communicate their representational contents to an observer whose relationship to the image is, perceptually, one of stimulus-response, or, psychologically, more probing than usual.

In this exhibition, Baldessari showed three pieces; seven other pieces were shown simultaneously at the Klemens Gasser gallery in Bolzano. All the work consisted of photomontages in which a pragmatic, direct relationship to the observer is developed. Large object (orange) in water and blue moon, 1991, is typical: a large paint stain covers the area of the image where the focal point, the narrative crux of the story, should be. It is likely that something dramatic is taking place there, in this case in a swimming pool, but we cannot see it; Baldessari lets us see only the

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