Vanessa Beecroft

Galleria Massimo Minini

This exhibition featured, but was not limited to, documentation of Vanessa Beecroft’s most recent performance in Italy, VB53, which took place in Florence in 2004. On that occasion the artist used the Tepidarium, an extraordinarily beautiful greenhouse from 1880 that stands in the Tuscan capital’s Giardino dell’Orticoltura. A large photo of the event takes in the entire scene from above: Twenty-one young women wearing only gray or black Helmut Lang shoes lie atop a large earthen mound at the center of the space. All are more or less young and more or less beautiful; some wear long wigs. One in particular, her skin black as ebony, with hair that reaches down to the ground, makes a memorable impression through the sheer force of her presence. Beecroft’s performances have become increasingly complex, richer in connotations, and more tied to their contexts. Dirtying the seated or stretched-out

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