Paris

Niele Toroni, Empreintes de pinceau N°50 à intervalles réguliers de 30 cm (Brush Impressions No. 50 at Regular Intervals of 30 cm), 2020, collage and acrylic on foam board, 25 5/8 × 19 3/4".

Niele Toroni, Empreintes de pinceau N°50 à intervalles réguliers de 30 cm (Brush Impressions No. 50 at Regular Intervals of 30 cm), 2020, collage and acrylic on foam board, 25 5/8 × 19 3/4".

Niele Toroni

Marian Goodman Gallery | Paris

STILL A CARRIER OF THE PAINTING VIRUS. These words, handwritten by Niele Toroni and posted near the gallery’s reception desk, greeted visitors to the artist’s recent exhibition “Un tout de différences” (A Set of Differences). The show featured the same monochrome imprints the artist has been making for more than fifty years, and the works were all titled, as usual, with blunt descriptiveness (e.g., Empreintes de pinceau N°50 à intervalles réguliers de 30 cm [Brush Impressions No. 50 at Regular Intervals of 30 cm]). Yet the familiar marks looked quite different post-Covid-19. Developed by Toroni in 1966 as a means of divorcing painting from traditional notions of authorship and originality (a concern he shared with the other founding members of the short-lived but influential BMPT group, also consisting of Daniel Buren, Olivier Mosset, and Michel Parmentier), the artist’s “travail/peinture

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