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Roberto Barni

Palazzo Fabroni

This Roberto Barni retrospective, which included paintings, drawings, and sculptures from 1960 to the present, was splendidly organized by Alberto Boatto, a critic and writer who has followed Barni’s work for a number of years. The show’s tone was set by a selection of photographs from the early ’60s—many of which were shown for the first time—portraying Barni as a young man in playful and ironic poses: dressed as a knight with an open umbrella for a shield and a funnel for a helmet, or standing next to a poster that announces his untimely death.

Early in his career Barni began creating works that explicitly referenced art-historical masterpieces, such as his Battaglia di San Romano (after Paolo Uccello), or Ouel che resta e quel che manca (What remains and what is missing, 1972–74, after Piero della Francesca). Boatto obviously chose to omit most of Barni’s somewhat pedantic work from the

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