MENU / PAINTINGS, SCULPTURES, INSTALLATIONS

QRcode

GPO-0013

Untitled

Tempera on panel, ruling-pen, polyethylene

37 x 30 cm

Private collection

A ruling pen is placed on the upper edge of a panel with a double thickness, painted in white tempera, as proof of the original linear profile that determined the raised surface of the panel. The assemblage is covered with a transparent polyethylene sheet.
The work is part of the study on the relationship between the support and an object that by convention is preliminary to or implicit in the realization of a painting. In the artist's words: “The goal was to come to terms with the painting vis-à-vis what the idea of the picture could stimulate or suggest. Indeed, in the sense of trying to grasp the reason for the physical presence of the picture as an object. […] It was the attempt to provide a work with a form, without the disappointment of seeing it completed. Without the intimidating burden of its meaning”.
1

1 G. Paolini in an interview with N. Orengo, in Fuoricampo 1, no. 2 (Turin), June, 1973, p. 5; republished in Giulio Paolini. La voce del pittore – Scritti e interviste 1965-1995, edited by M. Disch (Lugano: ADV Publishing House, 1995), p. 165.

1971 Turin, Galleria Christian Stein, Giulio Paolini, Jannis Kounellis, July.
2010-11 Valencia, IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Colección Christian Stein. Una historia del arte italiano, 7 October 2010 - 23 May 2011, touring to: Lugano, Museo Cantonale d’Arte, 12 March - 15 May, cited in the checklist of exhibited works p. 347, col. repr. no. 38 p. 157.
G. Paolini in the interview with N. Orengo in Fuoricampo 1, no. 2 (Turin), June, 1973, p. 5; republished in Giulio Paolini. La voce del pittore – Scritti e interviste 1965-1995, edited by M. Disch (Lugano: ADV Publishing House, 1995), p. 165.
Giulio Paolini (Parma: Università di Parma, Centro Studi e Archivio della Comunicazione, 1976), repr. no. 9 (cropped at top).
Giulio Paolini, exhibition catalogue, Stuttgart, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, 1986, vol. 1, repr. p. 35.
La collection Christian Stein. Un regard sur l’art italien (Villeurbanne: Le Nouveau Musée and Art Édition, 1992), repr. p. 169, catalogue entry p. 286.
M. Bandini, "Christian Stein: una vita per l’arte", in Anteprima Torino 4, no. 11 (Turin), December, 1998, col. repr. p. 28 (installation view at Christian Stein’s home, Turin).
D. Sung, "Arte per la vita", in Case da abitare 48 (Turin), June, 2001, col. repr. p. 81 (installation view at Christian Stein’s home, Turin).
M. Disch, Giulio Paolini. Catalogo ragionato 1960-1999, vol. 1 (Milan: Skira editore, 2008), cat. no. 13 p. 57, repr.
Collezione Christian Stein. Una storia dell’arte italiana / A History of Italian Art (Valencia-Lugano-Milan: IVAM Institut Valencià d’Art Modern, Museo Cantonale d’Arte and Mondadori Electa, 2010), col. repr. pp. 102 (installation view at Christian Stein’s home, Turin), 157.
I. Bernardi, Giulio Paolini. Opere su carta: un laboratorio gestuale per la percezione dell’immagine (Turin: Prinp Editore, 2017), p. 169, col. repr.
Entry by Maddalena Disch, 10/08/2022