Art In America

Giorgio de Chirico and Giulio Paolini

at The Center for Italian Modern Art,
421 Broome Street

For a postmodern twist on Giorgio de Chirico, visit the jewel-box Center for Italian Modern Art, an elegantly appointed nonprofit space in SoHo. De Chirico is paired with conceptual artist Giulio Paolini in a small but smart display addressing shared themes such as self-portraiture and classical Greek sculpture. De Chirico, who died in 1978, is represented by some choice canvases from his early Metaphysical phase, including the original 1918 version of the seminal The Disquieting Muses, as well as later, lesser-known work. A cluster of homoerotic paintings of gladiators from the 1920s reveal how his explorations with figuration developed after he fell out of favor with critics. 

Paolini, who emerged in the 1960s, came to consider de Chirico a muse of sorts for his own work. He borrowed direct imagery and strategies from the older artist. The show includes a range of sculpture and photo-based work by Paolini from the 1960s to ’80s. He has also produced a series of paper collages over the last decade that explore his intense connection to de Chirico. These works hang in the kitchen, where tours (available by appointment only) begin with a complimentary espresso. —Lindsay Pollock

 

Pictured: Giulio Paolini: Autoritratto nudo (Nude Self-Portrait), 2014–15, pencil, white pencil and collage on black paper, 27½ by 27½ inches. © Giulio Paolini. Courtesy Fondazione Giulio e Anna Paolini.

More from the Lookout

Florine Stettheimer

at the Jewish Museum,
through Sept. 24
1109 5th Avenue

“Body, Self, Society: Chinese Performance Photography of the 1990s”

at the Walther Collection Project Space,
through Aug. 19
526 West 26th Street, Suite 718

Roni Horn

at Hauser & Wirth,
through Jul. 29
548 West 22nd Street

Closing

Walead Beshty

at Petzel Gallery,
through Jun. 27
456 West 18th Street

Henri Cartier-Bresson

at the Rubin Museum of Art,
through Sept. 4
150 West 17th Street

Lygia Pape

at the Met Breuer,
through Jul. 23
945 Madison Avenue

Georgia O’Keeffe

at Brooklyn Museum,
through Jul. 23
200 Eastern Parkway

“Self-Interned, 1942: Noguchi in Poston War Relocation Center”

at the Isamu Noguchi Museum,
through Jan. 7
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Submit your e-mail to receive insider information from the art world every week.