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Stefano Peroli

A self-proclaimed student of art informel, Stefano Peroli plumbs the genre in order to “slip further back in time,” that is, according to Peroli, toward Delacroix’s romanticism or Poussin’s classicism, but thanks to his engagingly candid and uninhibited approach to color and surface, his return to an earlier moment in painting never seems academic. This recent show marked the first time Peroli exhibited paintings “uncontaminated,” as he put it in conversation, by collage or other distancing and conceptualizing devices. If the most direct route to visual jouissance is through color, Peroli avails himself of its resources with a rare combination of exuberance and subtlety in works that look familiar yet remain fresh.

As compositions, his paintings are, at first glance, simple, classically centered, and monumental in a way that recalls those of Mark Rothko or Robert Motherwell. Typically,

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