View of “Grazia Varisco,” 2017–18. Photo: Cesare Chimenti.

Grazia Varisco

Cortesi Gallery | Milan

View of “Grazia Varisco,” 2017–18. Photo: Cesare Chimenti.

Mounted in Grazia Varisco’s hometown of Milan, “Ne ho solo 80” (I’m Only 80) is a worthy homage to this pioneer of kinetic art, who was born in 1937. Covering more than fifty years of her research into space and time, it begins with works from her “Tavola magnetica” (Magnetic Table) series, 1959–62, formed of mobile geometric elements attached to magnets that viewers can move over a metal surface. Engaging in this apparently simple game leads to a probing of categorical opposites, such as order and disorder, closed and open. A childlike playfulness encourages us to reconsider seemingly elementary relationships between form and space, line and field.

The thread that connects Varisco’s varied works is her presentation of the pieces as experimental stages in a serial process. Perceptual ambiguity characterizes Quadri comunicanti. Omaggio a E. Castellani (Communicating Paintings. Homage

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