Enzo Cucchi: Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co.
At once classicizing and barbaric--looking at it face on, I thought of Michelangelo's unfinished, rough-hewn masterpiece Rondanini Pieta (1555-64)--sacred and carnal, refined and vulgar, the work brings us back to the sort of pantheistic and popular religiosity that has characterized much of Cucchi's best work. Here it heats up from a particularly chilly and nocturnal, indeed Gothic, temperature, evoked by the looming skull, like a somewhat carnivalesque yet still alarming memento mori.
The exhibition ended with two series of plaster works--"Lavori di bisogni della pelle" (Works of Needs of the Skin) and "Lavori di chi pensa alle cavalle" (Works of Those Who Think About Mares)--that call into question the distinctions between painting and sculpture, image and frame, text and commentary. In both, small nests made from interwoven plaster twigs appear like so many painted containers, mounted on tables, not walls, yet acting as frames for a series of watercolors inhabited by human beings, roosters, and wild boars. Once again, Cucchi's enigmatic naturalism is combined with his tireless search for surprising technical and formal solutions.
Translated from Italian by Marguerite Shore.
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|Date:||Apr 1, 2005|
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