artist
Gianfranco Baruchello
birth
Livorno, Italy, 1924
death
Rome, Italy, 14-1-2023
last update
27-03-2024
«Since the 1950s, the work of the artist Gianfranco Baruchello has been distinguished by a radical exploration of error, of the analogous, the trivial and the dream, of what is supressed, not-yet-said, and at the limits of the useful and the plausible. His image worlds take shape in the empty space between hand drawing and the figurative encyclopaedia. His objects, assemblages and display cabinets are three-dimensional user manuals for the mind and, at the same time, radical formulas of an impossible inventory. […] Born in Livorno in 1924, Baruchello studied Law and Economics. In 1945, while still quite young, he went to work in the research department of a chemical and biological company. It was only in the late 1950s that he decided to give up this job and to devote himself to art. In 1962 he showed at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York in the New Realists exhibition. In the same year, he met Marcel Duchamp, with whom he developed a lasting friendship. In 1977 a selection of his drawings were exhibited at Documenta VI. However, due in part to his choice to tread a solitary path and to ignore the dictates of success and the market, Baruchello's work remained outside the dominant channels of art circulation. In 2012, on the occasion of the Berlin International Film Festival, his film “La Verifica incerta” (1964) was rediscovered by Harun Farocki, who defined it as “a pioneering work of montage”. Last winter, the Galleria Nazionale in Rome devoted a first major retrospective to the 87-year-old artist.» http://www.villaromana.org/front_content.php?&idcat=25&changelang=2&idart=405
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