Casey Kaplan

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Giorgio Griffa, Obliquo Giallo, 1971, Acrylic on Canvas

Lloyd Wise on Giorgio Griffa in the March issue of Artforum

…The real appeal of these works, however, rests in the surprisingly palpable effect of Griffa’s anticompositional strategies. Rather than an illusionistic whole or structured totality, the accumulation of motifs suggests a process that is still under way. It is the line cut off midway or the prematurely ending series of marks that lets these works leap to life: The empty space becomes a field of unfulfilled potential, a void that begs to be filled. Early on, Griffa recognized the need “to stop just a moment before completion,” to “avoid [ … ] the final point of closure that suddenly puts the work into the past.” The result is an invitation, and a reminder that the open work need not be revised to sustain its charge…