Gianfranco Baruchello & Henry Martin

Gianfranco Baruchello has been a vital presence in the major galleries, museums, and private collections of both Europe and America since 1961, including the Guggenheim Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. He has described his works as "using the various modes of art as possible ways of creating a space where contradictions may not only coexist but coalesce into a series of little systems to be proposed as an alternative to all the Great Systems, Great Creeds, Great Faiths, and ideologies." He sees these little systems as provisional and in constant flux; and one finds their traces in paintings, sculptures, assemblages, objects, films, videotapes, books, and a variety of forms of ephemera such as events, happenings, and projects. All of these activities express a feeling of anguish toward the present state of the world, coupled with a sense of wonder at being able to look back at what the artist calls his "errors" and to turn this constant revision of experience into a means of survival. Currently Baruchello lives in Rome and Paris.

Henry Martin was born in Philadelphia and received degrees in English literature from Bowdoin College and New York University. He translates contemporary Italian literature and contributes as a critic to a number of international art magazines, including Art News, for which he writes as a regular correspondent from Italy. He has written many books: a lengthy essay on the work of Baruchello has been published by the museums of Mantua and Livorno; major monographs on Arman, Adami, and George Brecht have appeared, respectively with Abrams, Maeght, and Multhipla. The recipient of a Critic's Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, Martin is married to the artist Berty Skuber; they live not far from Balzano, in the mountains of southern Tyrol, with their son John-Daniel.

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