David Casini


The point of departure for this exhibition by David Casini, a Tuscan artist who lives in Geneva, was an untitled pair of portraits from 2003—one of John Calvin, the other of Guillaume Farel. Images of these two religious reformers stood out against a wall directly across from the gallery entrance. The subtle black line defining the faces of these sixteenth-century thinkers recalls prints from that era, and the carved frames that surround the two portraits are consonant with the style of the works.

Casini made a bold choice in opening the show with two historical images, light years away from our desire for the contemporary and a far cry from the yen for novelty voiced by critics, collectors, and art lovers in general. Calvin and Farel were shown next to one another, without immediately revealing the show’s interpretive key, keeping a secret that was disclosed little by little but was

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