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“Robert Polidori: Fra Angelico/Opus Operantis” at Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York

The Mocking of Christ by Fra Angelico, Cell 7, Museum of San, Marco Convent, Florence, Italy, 2010, Robert Polidori, Archival Pigment Print mounted to Dibond.
(Courtesy of the artist and Paul Kasmin Gallery.)

Closing soon is an exhibition of photographs of frescoes by Robert Polidori. This first presentation of the photographer’s works is being displayed at the Paul Kasmin Gallery. The gallery is hosting this extraordinary show, titled “Fra Angelico/Opus Operantis” at its New York venue until April 14, 2018.

This show marks the debut presentation of Robert Polidori's works, where the photographer presents large-scale color photographs of the frescoes of Fra Angelico (1395-1455) contained in the Dominican priory of San Marco in Florence. The frescoes, painted by Fra Angelico between 1439 and 1444 for purposes of devotion and contemplation, extend beyond literal storytelling. They shift into the metaphysical realm, bringing the viewer into contact with the incidents of the life of Christ in the context of a newborn psychological and subjective interpretation. Capturing scenes of wreckage, restoration, and grandeur uninhabited by human figures, Polidori presents a communication for the viewer with the echoes of history that resonate in architecture. These works reflect on the thrust of time and its power to reduce people, buildings, and civilizations to dust and ruin. Born in 1951, Polidori has published over fifteen monographs, most recently "Hotel Petra" and the scroll-like book entitled "60 Feet Road" (Bhatiya Nagar Facades), which presents an unbroken panoramic photograph of a single block in the city of Mumbai. His photographs are held in numerous collections: the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris; the Victoria and Albert Museum in London; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; and the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Polidori lives and works in Ojai, California.

The exhibition will be on view through April 14, 2018 at Paul Kasmin Gallery, 297 Tenth Avenue, New York, NY 10001, USA.

For details visit: http://www.blouinartinfo.com/galleryguide/paul-kasmin-gallery/overview

Click on the slideshow for a sneak peek at the exhibition.

 

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