22 March-17 April 2004. About fifteen recent works and a series of small watercolours.
Viva la pittura! Nice juicy painting again from this veteran of the so-called "Nuova Pittura Romana" of the 1980s. Leaves and slices of squishy thick paint spin, roll, sail, fly apart and gather again, to hang on wide, frail canvases. Each is a shield, a splintery cloud, a woosh of petals, in all the colours of the rainbow. There are reminders of late Monet here, and also of the heavily trowelled paint reliefs of Al Held in the United States and Morlotti in Italy in the 1950s.
When Limoni, in the vast expanses of bright paint, leaves a smooth space at the top the sky or at the bottom a pond he flirts with a kind of perspective and is less happy and convincing than he is in all-over vivid paint mosaics.
"Fiori oltre il muro" of 2003 is an Odilon Redon jewel-like wonder. And "Lo stagna" of the same year is a fabric of quince yellows and poppy reds strung on horizontal streaks and chinks of green and blue, is a lush and successful tapestry.
All this play of primary paint might be read as joyful exuberance. But it is not that at all. It is coolly constructed and deconstructed melancholy views bits of brilliant, rain-washed weather, flashing just before the cutting world of the evening. Edith Schloss
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Giancarlo Limoni. Hortus Conclusus: il giardino dipinto.
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