As a result of April 17. Marian Goodman Gallery, 24 West 57th Road, Manhattan (212) 977-7160, mariangoodman.com.
Of all the Italian Arte Povera (impoverished art) artists, Giuseppe Penone, 74, may possibly have developed the richest, most accessible and most persistently relocating physique of get the job done. The assumed happens in his enthralling clearly show of items from the mid-2010s at Marian Goodman Gallery. The credit score of course is not all his. From the start out, Penone’s operate has been an elaborate collaboration with character — specifically trees and their numerous procedures of incremental growth, which he likens to creative types.
1st, an immersive woodsy greenness emanates from six substantial paintings inspired by Walt Whitman’s “Leaves of Grass.” The scenes of dense, overgrown foliage are painted solely with the artist’s fingertips. The neo-pointillist, neo-Rococo fluffiness has a great molecular strength at at the time amusing, exact and seductive. Hanging at the center of every single canvas is a small clump of fired clay from various sections of the United States. Each and every offers us the artist’s hand again, this time squeezing the clay in his fist, with the imprints of fingers specifically legible.