Giulio Paolini, born 1940 in Genoa, lives and works in Turin. Giulio Paolini, one of the key figures of the Arte Povera movement, works with the methodology of art and its presentation. He often dismantles older "art system" in his work - perhaps taking Renaissance perspective or the rhythms of a Baroque facade or formal elements of classical Greek art - and subverts them without losing the beauty of the original references. The resulting mixed-media or installation pieces always examine the fundamental principles of seeing and being seen in a lyrical, poetic fashion.
Vis-a-vis (Hera) 1992 From Wall Works Two halves of a plaster bust on painted wooden pedestals, installed against a wall painted white. Installation size 169 x 90 x 15 cm (66½ x 35½ x 6"). Limited to an edition of 10, with a signed and numbered certificate drawing.
Chiaroscuro 1998 From the portfolio Sequences Two silkscreen and offset lithographs on Gohrsmühle rag paper, folded as passe-partouts, printed inside and outside. Each print 50 x 40 cm (19¾ x 15¾"), each signed and numbered. Edition of 60.
»All my works revolve around a diaphragm implicit in the image - like an ideal mirror that reflects and reveals the appearance which constitute it. The two prints Chiaroscuro (lightdark) represent two different versions of the same image; a black spot on a white sheet (La sainte Vierge by Francis Picabia 1920) and a white spot on a black sky (fireworks from a photograph by Paolo Mussat Sartor). The first image frames the second and vice versa.«