• Porfirio DiDonna

    Nielsen Gallery

    Porfirio DiDonna completed his last paintings late in 1985, before he was aware of the brain tumor that was to end his life a year later at age 44. This powerful exhibition of 21 paintings and 13 drawings (all from 1984 and ’85), featured DiDonna’s “vessel paintings” in which a central, urn-like form provides a point of entry into these large canvases. In his elegiac catalogue essay, Barry Schwabsky sees these last works as the culmination of DiDonna’s formal and spiritual vision—one that began in the ’60s with Expressionist studies of the Crucifixion, developed into Minimalist dot and line

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