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Alighiero Boetti

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

Gladstone Gallery’s recent exhibition of works made by Italian artist Alighiero Boetti between the late 1980s and the early ’90s showcased two core elements of his work: an investigation of personal and collective identity conducted with reference to the idea of the Other, and a reflection on the power of art to dissolve boundaries between people. Like Andy Warhol and Sol LeWitt, Boetti was a “lazy genius,” and regularly entrusted the completion of his work to others, thereby distancing himself from the myth of the solitary artist and allowing for a deeper immersion in his themes. (Traveling further along this road than most, he even invented a twin, separating himself into the dual persona “Alighiero and Boetti.”)

After his first trip to Kabul, in 1971, Boetti regularly commissioned Afghan embroiderers to make his tapestries, keeping entire villages employed for extended periods. To

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