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Giorgio Griffa, Policromo (detail), 1980, Acrylic on Canvas.

Luca Cerizza on Giorgio Griffa in Kaleidoscope, Winter 2012/2013

Souvenir D’Italie
Luca Cerizza Analyzes the serene passivity of GIORGIO GRIFFA

A perfect balance of the avant-garde and the traditional, the italian artist adds a sentimental touch to the analytical approach of american minimalism, with a repetition full of difference and the ever-human fragility of nonmechanical execution.

It has been approximately 45 years since Giorgio Griffa began working as an artist, yet his oeuvre remains a kind of “simple mystery,” as it were, not entirely un- veiled. His preferred media, techniques and processes are dully straightforward, while his reflections, layered influences and art-historical references are much more complex. a perfect balance of the avant-garde and the traditional, the an- alytical approach and the sentimental, structure and poetry, Griffa’s work has a kind of simplicity underneath whose surfaces complexity lies…