Michelangelo Pistoletto

Galleria Christian Stein | Milan

Michelangelo Pistoletto’s most recent—and most extraordinary—work is entitled La Giuria (The Jury), 1962–2006. A large mirror with a photographic image silk-screened onto its surface, more than thirty feet in length and eight feet in height, the piece almost entirely covered the longest wall of the gallery. This large reflective surface, divided into eight sheets, neither rested against the wall nor touched the floor, unlike nearly all his earlier mirrors, which merge mimetically with the space their reflection duplicates. Approaching visitors were kept at a distance thanks to the large white pedestal on which the mirror was mounted, which literally kept them away from its surface and from the scene represented on it: seven men and two women seated in an arcing line, their backs to the viewer (the three figures at the left and one on the right seen in profile). Thus, gallery visitors

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