Ion Grigorescu

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Ion Grigorescu has recently received well-deserved recognition, the culmination of which—following his participation in Documenta 12, 2007, and other big international exhibitions—was the first retrospective of his work, at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, Poland, this past year. Such reevaluations of the Romanian artist’s long career, though, have centered on his production from the 1970s, paying particular attention to the political context of the rule of the Ceauşescus, which deeply affected Grigorescu’s videographic work and even his isolated and marginal performances. Nonetheless, what was truly of interest about this exhibition in Barcelona, “The Poor People Are Fending for Themselves,” was the opportunity it offered to understand the specificity and range of Grigorescu’s current work. Though his previous performance pieces explored the limits of the body and celebrated the refuge

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