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Focus: Alighiero e Boetti and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré

Dia Center for the Arts

Ideas divide us. Images bring us together.

—Francesco Clemente, Apricots and Pomegranates, 1995

The late Alighiero e Boetti, from Turin, Italy, and Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, from the village of Zéprégühe, Ivory Coast, reveal in their art our true condition: total capture by the communication process, whether intra personal or technologically mediated. But they also intimate the inner possibilities and activities of mind. They passionately catalogue. They vehemently classify: names, alphabets, series. They chart rivers and stars. They record numerals and faces. They do this to give things meaning, seeking the design behind the gaze of time. Although they are not dazzled, at the end of our millennium, by fashionable preoccupation with electrons, light, and speed, this does not mean they are antitechnological; it simply means that as communications grow ever fabulous and fast (fax, the web, the

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