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Gianfranco Baruchello, (s.t.), 1965, India ink, enamel, brass, wood, 15 3/4 × 14 1/8 × 3/4".

Gianfranco Baruchello

Deichtorhallen / Sammlung Falckenberg

Gianfranco Baruchello, (s.t.), 1965, India ink, enamel, brass, wood, 15 3/4 × 14 1/8 × 3/4".

It all starts with ABC. Between 1959 and 1962, Gianfranco Baruchello painted Primo alfabeto (First Alphabet), covering the canvas with a set of pictorial icons of his own invention, hieroglyphs inspired by sources such as books and window casements. Together with several assemblages from the same period, including Quelli che verrano A (Those Who Will Come A), 1959, the painting opened “Certain Ideas,” the comprehensive retrospective of Baruchello’s oeuvre curated by Deichtorhallen’s director, Dirk Luckow. The choice was an apt one, since these early works already feature two of the most salient characteristics of the oeuvre Baruchello has built over the past fifty-five years: a sensitive ear for language and the use of unusual materials. As he branched out into virtually every major medium in the art of the past half century, from sculpture and painting to film and installation

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