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Un quadro (di Morris Louis), 1969

GPO-0190

A Painting (by Morris Louis)

Collage on primed canvas

200 x 200 cm

Dismantled work

The dissemination on a large-scale primed canvas of the torn fragments of a colour reproduction of a painting by Morris Louis (Point of Tranquility, 1960) aims to recall the American artist's painting technique. Paolini explains that "the free fall of the fragments on the canvas is meant to remind us of the free fall of colour upon the canvas that is featured in Louis' painting".1

1 G. Paolini in conversation with M. Disch (2003), in M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 190 p. 204.

Morris Louis, Point of Tranquility, 1959-60, acrylic resin on canvas, 258.2 x 344.9 cm, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.; reproduction from Metro 4-5 (Milan), May, 1962, p. 31.

G. Paolini in conversation with M. Disch (2003), in M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 190 p. 204.
"Dossier Arte Povera", in Opus International 16 (Paris), March, 1970, col. repr. p. 61.
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 190 p. 204, col. repr.
L. Skrebowski, "Introspezione come estrospezione: la poietica di Paolini", in Giulio Paolini. Del Bello ideale, exhibition catalogue, Milan, Fondazione Carriero (London: Koenig Books, 2019), vol. 1 p. 80, col. repr. vol. 1 p. 58.
Entry by Maddalena Disch, 12/04/2024