Niele Toroni. Carta giapponese con giallo. 1992

Niele Toroni Carta giapponese con giallo 1992

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In the late 1960s, Toroni, and others of his generation working in Paris, reacted against the highly emotional and gestural style of painting that had preceded them. Toroni devised a conceptual approach and calls his systematic markings "imprints." He consistently uses a standard No. 50 paintbrush to determine the size of the strokes that he applies to canvas, paper, and walls, at intervals of 11.8 inches (30 centimeters). "It's the working method that defines what is seen," he has said.

Gallery label from Multiplex: Directions in Art, 1970 to Now, November 21, 2007-July 28, 2008.
Imprints of No. 50 brush, repeated at regular intervals of 30 cm, and synthetic polymer paint and pencil on Japanese paper
78 5/8 x 31 1/2" (199.7 x 80 cm)
The Judith Rothschild Foundation Contemporary Drawings Collection Gift
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© 2023 Niele Toroni
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