Very Thin Turnover, Second Generation (Primary Title)

Lucio Pozzi, American, born 1935 (Artist)

White acrylic on 2 overlapping, attached plywood boards
United States
Overall: 22 × 22 in. (55.88 × 55.88 cm)

“I agreed with the tabula rasa practiced by the previous generation, by artists like Sol Lewittand Robert Ryman. However I did not like the absolutism with which at the time they seemed to deny color and their controversial stance against illusionism, which, paradoxically was the inevitable outcome of the concretism I had initially been after. It seemed to me that it had morphed into a sclerotic academy. So I decided to turn the situation inside out: Conceptual Art became for me a fresh start instead of the ultimate stage of Modernist evolution it had been conceived as.” –Lucio Pozzi

Born in Milan, Italy, Pozzi came to the United States in the early 1960s armed with formal studies in art and architecture. Although he had early associations with Conceptual and Minimalist artists, Pozzi explored a variety of approaches in his work and strongly resists being labeled by a singular style. He instead considered his creative endeavors the result of “irrepeatable situations, each time, each moment different.” The work on view provides a sense of Pozzi’s artistic investigations during the 1970s. Here a Minimalist gesture is executed in hues of white using unexpected materials such as plywood. This quickly executed construction underscores the resourcefulness of the artist as well as his astute aesthetic sensibility.

Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States
The Dorothy and Herbert Vogel Collection: Fifty Works for Fifty States, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, July 27 - October 20, 2013
© Lucio Pozzi

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