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Giorgio Griffa, Canone aureo 203 (Golden Ratio 203), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 54 3/4 × 37 3/8".

Giorgio Griffa

Galleria Lorcan O'Neill

Giorgio Griffa, Canone aureo 203 (Golden Ratio 203), 2016, acrylic on canvas, 54 3/4 × 37 3/8".

Through a radical formal reduction, Giorgio Griffa unites rule and poetry. Since his early days, working within the context of Arte Povera and Minimalist painting, he has maintained with his concise vocabulary an exemplary consistency and freshness. His painting, always focused on the rhythm and sequence of marks, is simultaneously rational and lyrical. And this show, which revisits his work from the late 1960s to the present, creates a dialogue through assonances among works from different decades.

Griffa works on raw, unstretched canvas hung on the wall with small nails; he applies diluted acrylic paint, tempera, or watercolor to this extremely vulnerable support. The creases that form on the canvases when they are folded for storage are an integral part of the work, contributing to the delicate and imponderable appearance of his paintings, to their quality of being events in

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