New York

Giovanni Anselmo

Marian Goodman Gallery | New York

New York convention has it that an artist of any ambition does not exhibit without having an impressive number of works on hand, or else a spectacular, room-filling installation. All the more so, as in Giovanni Anselmo’s case, if it’s been seven years since the last show and viewers may need to be reminded of the artist’s stature. Yet what Anselmo presented was nothing more than five tall slabs of dark granite, fixed to the wall with iron braces that looked rather like columns or pilasters.

It was the title, L’Aura della pittura (The aura of painting), that served to indicate that what counted was not so much this stone colonnade as what it was supporting: the softly glowing halations of color—the primaries red, yellow, and blue, but also orange and green—that the unseen tops of the slabs, thanks presumably to some reflective paint, projected onto the gallery walls above them. This was aura

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