Adrian Tranquilli

Mimmo Scognamiglio Artecontemporanea

For some time, Adrian Tranquilli has been portraying superheroes as poignantly human. In this show, “The Age of Chance,” a pure white Superman—the original superhero—burst robustly out of the wall with stigmata of gold bleeding from between his ribs (This Is Not a Love Song 1; all works 2006), a phantom of spiritual purity. Spiderman’s form half emerged out of another wall (This Is Not a Love Song 2), regarding the upturned palm of his hand, from which a stream of white gold spilled into drops on the floor. And isn’t Christ himself a sort of superhero? In an earlier work, Tranquilli confounded the Savior’s identity with that of Batman: His sculpture Batman: The Dark Knight, Vatican City, 1998, depicts a crucified Jesus with the Batman symbol emblazoned across his chest. Here in another room, small silver figures of Batman, Superman, and Spiderman lay in individual vitrines in postures of

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