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Diego Perrone

Casey Kaplan

From Alberto Burri’s tachiste allusions to blood-soaked bandages to the quasi-alchemical experiments of arte povera, postwar Italy has produced numerous artists captivated by the transformative properties of elemental matter. Diego Perrone’s new series of photographs “I Pensatori di buchi” (The thinkers of holes; all works 2002) depicts solitary figures posed at the edges of yawning pits in the dirt. These pensive loners seem to be pondering their gritty surroundings before merging with the darkness.

Perrone hails from the Northern Italian town of Asti, not far from Turin, Milan, and Genoa, where the arte povera movement, promoted by the Genoese critic and curator Germano Celant. first flowered in the late ’60s. Perrone has recently carried out projects that speak to both the artistic legacy and the more general local flavor of his home region. In his 1999 photographic project As If Fascinated

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