Leonardo Drew

Palazzo delle Papesse Contemporary Art Center

“Existing Everywhere,” Leonardo Drew’s first major European exhibition, proves the New York and San Antonio–based artist to be a force of nature. The show’s thirteen installations (one per room)—obsessively ordered compositions of industriously assembled unruly bits of crude materials submitted to an accelerated natural process of degradation—displayed an exquisite, often awe-inspiring magnificence, starting with Untitled, 1998, a wall covered with a vast expanse of small rusted boxes filled with pieces of fabric, wood, rope, straw, and even lace, stretched across quadrants to display its delicate patterns amid the decadence—all covered with a patina of rust. Reminiscent of a long neglected tchotchke cabinet, it aroused the feeling of sentimentalism stirred by once disdained familiar objects now valued for their varnish of memory, evoking the fascination of ruins. In Number 92, 2003, little

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