Marisa Merz

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

Once again Marisa Merz has managed to astonish. Her solo exhibitions are not only rare but so full of unexpected formal and intellectual turns that when a new show comes along her admirers rush to see what she’s come up with. On this occasion, as usual, a surprise was in store for those who had anticipated a grouping of small sculptures similar to those the artist recently exhibited in Paris. Merz has often turned to portraiture to animate her three-dimensional pieces, but here her interest in the theme led back to painting, that is, two-dimensional images meant to be contemplated from a single viewpoint.

But Merz’s return to the specificity of pictorial language is paved with transgressive intentions. Thus a series of untitled “canvases,” 2001, were in reality squares of iron installed on the wall at a height well above eye level, so that viewers had to crane their necks to look at them.

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