Luciano Bartolini

MAMbo | Villa Delle Rose

Luciano Bartolini (1948–94) was a fastidious presence in Italian art of the ’70s and ’80s. The Tuscan artist represented a precise model for all the styles and methods that succeeded one another during those years, and of which he was an intelligent precursor and interpreter. In this retrospective, for example, one sees how in Italian art, the analytical dimension of painting was always accompanied by possibilities for “discarding,” for side-stepping, or for moving obliquely like a knight in a game of chess. In the mid-’70s, when Bartolini constructed his pieces from unfolded sheets of tissue soaked with color and placed alongside each other, his immediate antecedent was Piero Manzoni rather than Barnett Newman or Yves Klein. Bartolini’s characteristic delicacy applies not only to the physical character of the material, but also to the suppleness of the action, deliberately nonideological

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