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Domenico Gnoli, Ritratto di Luis T (Portrait of Luis T), 1967, acrylic and sand on canvas, 18 1/2 x 15".

Domenico Gnoli

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Domenico Gnoli, Ritratto di Luis T (Portrait of Luis T), 1967, acrylic and sand on canvas, 18 1/2 x 15".

Domenico Gnoli’s untimely death in 1970—just months after the widely anticipated show of his paintings at Sidney Janis Gallery in New York—cut short what had promised to be a prodigious career. This exhibition, a presentation of twenty-four selections from the artist’s limited, strikingly consistent corpus, marked a return, of sorts, to a city he first visited in 1956. Departing from the creeds of both abstraction (then in its twilight) and Conceptual practices (on the rise), Gnoli’s work stood out during its time as something of an anomaly and an anachronism, both on American shores as well as in his native Italy.

The painter’s subjects alternate between the inanimate and the human. For all his appeals to its various components, Gnoli was uninterested in the body except as a vehicle of formal curiosities, a support for the trappings of fabric and hair. The latter serves

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