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Gianfranco Baruchello, Volumi, pieghe, ombelichi e farfalle (Volumes, Folds, Navels, and Butterfiles), 1977, mixed media on aluminum, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8".

Gianfranco Baruchello

Galleria Milano

Gianfranco Baruchello, Volumi, pieghe, ombelichi e farfalle (Volumes, Folds, Navels, and Butterfiles), 1977, mixed media on aluminum, 19 5/8 x 19 5/8".

You don’t know where to look first in Gianfranco Baruchello’s paintings. Very small drawings, meticulous and extremely precise, populate large canvases, where the whiteness of the ground dominates. As the eye traverses the void, it discovers possible narrative connections among these “atoms,” which are made up of figures, objects, and written phrases that come together in fragile groups to which we seek to give meaning, precisely as we attribute a shape to some stars in the firmament, calling them a constellation. Or perhaps it is like a contemporary score in the style of John Cage, in which the performer, in this case the eye, can choose where to begin, where to end, and which path to follow. With Baruchello, surveyed here in an exhibition concisely covering fifty years of work, the reference to Cage is not coincidental, and nods to Marcel Duchamp or to the poet Alain Jouffroy

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