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Mimmo Paladino

Sperone Westwater

Mimmo Paladino is a master of the “archaic,” of what have come to seem rather outdated forms: geometrical abstraction makes a grand appearance in one untitled tour de force, while the human face and figure (almost all are religious icons painted black) appear repeatedly in another work. The series of diptychs “La Sera dei Miracoli” (The evening of miracles, 1996) is typical of the works in this show: it harks back to those secondary scenes in medieval altarpieces that tell the story of saint’s lives and the miracles they performed. Whereas in altarpieces these scenes flank a holy figure, in “La Sera dei Miracoli” this transcendental personnage is absent: the marginal scenes have been isolated and paired with a black panel, as though to suggest that there is no longer a dominant religious meaning, or that is, at best, muted—all that’s left is the intriguing narrative.

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