M assimo Bartolini at Magazzino d'Arte Moderna Roma

From: RS
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 13 April 2002


A floor is made so when you walk in it shifts under your walking weight, and leaded walnuts roll around as if to entertain a hamster. In another gallery off the pretty courtyard a photo by the same artist shows a tree growing towards the window of a simple house, reversing the usual flight towards the light of green things. Referencing Giotto somewhere. Italian contemporary art suffers from too much minimalism and silly concepts, like they are afraid, after the Renaissance and transsavantguardia , to get their hands dirty making something according to their own criteria. Bartolini's work is typically insipid and faux-intellectual. Engaging only with its little bit of wit, and repulsive by its gesturing towards a tired idea of art, never coming close to burning like art must.

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