It’s been 50 years since the Arte Povera movement first emerged in Italy. The Guggenheim recently paid tribute to one of its most fearless thinkers, Alberto Burri, who burned, tore, and punctured whatever materials he could get his hands on—this frugality being a chief tenet of the movement. The Guggenheim’s major retrospective was called The Trauma of Painting.
Five decades later, one hardly recognizes artist Francesca Pasquali’s vibrant works to be in the same tradition as Burri’s technical violence and dark palette. Though iconic Arte Povera artists like Lucio Fontana worked in bright colors, Fontana’s slashed canvases also amount to visual wounds.
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Leila Heller Gallery in NYC’s Chelsea is currently mounting Plastic Resonance, the first U.S. solo exhibition of Bologna-native Pasquali. She uses plastic drinking straws, duster bristles, neoprene and foam to create dense topographies.