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"American Artist Dan Walsh"
2004-01-12 until 2004-02-29
Paolo Curti / Annamaria Gambuzzi and Co. Gallery
The Paolo Curti/Annamaria Gambuzzi & Co. Gallery presents the exhibition of the American artist Dan Walsh. Born in 1960 in Philadelphia, Dan Walsh studied at Philadelphia College of Art and Hunter College in New York. He lives and works in New York.
The exhibition features five large colored acrylics, almost monochromes in which the recurring use of a sort of alphabet composed of simple geometric figures like squares, rectangles and lines creates abstract, minimal compositions that establish a dialogue with one another.
An utterly personal minimalism the artist believes is the result of something that develops, day after day, as he works on his canvases.
The evolution of his works, from the early 1990s to the present, has led him to abandon the concept of the "ideal" in abstract painting, which in the history of art is always somehow connected with a "psychological condition", in an attempt to give greater "weight" and "gravity" to his paintings, making them become less and less "transcendent" and more corporeal.
The compositions of Dan Walsh shift between the decorative and the functional, reminding us of colored architectural drawings or summery tablecloths, or at times of walls of stocked merchandise or objects stacked on platforms.
Dan Walsh has shown work in many galleries and museums in Europe and the United States, including recent solo shows at the Centre d’Art Contemporain de la Synagogue de Delme (France), the Ljubljana Biennale (Slovenia), the Cabinet des estampes du Musée d’Art et d’histoire/Musées d’Art Moderne et Contemporain de Geneve, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and group shows at the Biennale d’Art Contemporain de Lyon 2003 (France) and the New Museum of Contemporary Art of New York.