22 Jan-1 May 2005. A retrospective of this Italian contemporary artist features his installatons and sculptures in an array of materials, including lead, plaster and wood.
Nunzio, once a student of Toti Scialoja, has been one of the brightest young sculptors on the Roman scene for the last two decades. First he worked with abstract shapes of plaster like secret signs and portents, like ancient flint-stone knives, densely covered by rains of shimmering watercolour paint. Gradually he turned to wooden forms. They look like the shields and weapons of heroes, or like altars for rites in obscure primeval forests, an intriguing echo of archaic Italy. Their wool is burnt black or accented with vivid passages of red, and sometimes they are in long lines of configurations leaning against the walls loosely, as in Mediterranea. From these, Nunzio proceeded to ever more elegant reliefs in metal. In the best, subtly-balanced shapes run over and are indented in that most attractive and also actively poisonous material quiet, dead-grey, shiny lead.
In this pleasing retrospective we can enjoy many of Nunzios tries in many directions of pure but evocative abstraction his configurations in beautifully smooth, or slightly menacing and rough, materials. The most memorable works are the new ones: one a star shape in black, one a hewn, rough-wood brown piece spreading all over the floor in stark accordion pleats, is like a huge fan of vegetation, blunt and strong, leading to new surprises. Edith Schloss
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