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Luisa Rabbia, Love (detail), 2016, colored pencil and acrylic on canvas, 9' × 16' 10".

Luisa Rabbia

Collezione Maramotti

Luisa Rabbia, Love (detail), 2016, colored pencil and acrylic on canvas, 9' × 16' 10".

The color blue has been important to Luisa Rabbia’s artistic investigations since the 1990s. This show of ten works made between 2009 and 2017 adds new nuances and tonalities: violet, maroon, red. Drawing in pencil on acrylic paint on paper or canvas, she weaves an intricate web of signs and achieves pictorial plenitude in the combination/opposition of a flat, frequently blue background and the vertiginous stratification of pencil marks. In these works, inner and outer landscapes coexist, demanding a variable perspective from viewers. At close range, one can perceive traces of the artist’s hand, in spirals of entangled colors and imprints of the artist’s fingertips, yet at the same time these works leave no doubt that Rabbia’s vision is expansive, conceiving and controlling vast spaces.

Love, 2016, from which the show takes its title, is the first painting in a trilogy that also

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