Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pistoletto, the "Mirror Paintings"

A selection of photographs by Michelangelo Pistoletto are on view in a small room at the James Gallery and they are so lovely. The "Mirror Paintings" are surreal and elegant black and white images of people in interiors in the early 1960s. They include cut-out silhouettes of people and objects placed on reflective surfaces. I don't really understand the process, but it created a ghostly effect, as if two realities were inhabiting the same space. I loved them and thought that they had so much more depth and substance and visual beauty than the more garish and complicated "Peeps" installed in the main gallery.

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