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Marisa Merz, Untitled, 2010, mixed media on paper, 98 1/2 x 59 1/8".

Marisa Merz

Gladstone Gallery | West 21st St

Marisa Merz, Untitled, 2010, mixed media on paper, 98 1/2 x 59 1/8".

Marisa Merz’s name is better known than her work is, at least in the United States. A founding figure of Arte Povera and its only woman artist, she began to exhibit in Italy in the late 1960s, but her first solo show in New York—or anywhere in this country, for that matter—didn’t come until 1994 and was followed by a bare handful of repeats. Her last show in this city, in 2010, contained all of two pieces, and the one before that was back in 2006, so many in New York will have had little direct exposure to her. This may be in part her own doing: She has a reputation as an artist whose way of dealing with the division between art and life—famously an issue in Arte Povera—has been to work at home and stay there. She’s now in her early eighties, and a winner of the 2013 Venice Biennale’s Golden Lion award for lifetime achievement. We are very late in catching up

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