Ange Leccia

Villa Medicis

An artist of Corsican descent, Ange Leccia is perhaps best known for creating works in which identical objects, including cars, airplanes, motorcycles, projectors, and ships, are placed directly in front of each other in a kind of tête-à-tête. These at times colossally proportioned sculptures invoke many facets of transportation and communication. In his recent exhibition in Rome, however, Leccia presented a very different kind of “arrangement,” as he calls his pieces—one that examined such themes as the essence of light, art history, and memory, as well as architecture inflected by transitions between interior and exterior spaces.

From 1981 to 1983, while he was a boarder at the Villa Medicis as a recipient of a fellowship from the Académie de France à Rome, Leccia shot a video in the stunning Renaissance interior and gardens. The footage included images of the statues—facsimiles of antique

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