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Giuseppe Penone's sculptures at Gagosian evoke natural world
Giuseppe Penone's sculptures at Gagosian evoke natural world

"I don't want to change the material; I want to follow its lead," Giuseppe Penone said in a recent interview. The work in his stirring show at Gagosian makes beautifully clear what he means, exemplifying the kind of respect for -- and self-identification with -- natural materials that has characterized his work since the late '60s. The sculptures here are recent, but many incorporate or revisit ideas and forms from decades past. Trees, for instance, have always figured centrally in his work, and the two tree-related pieces here coalesce his most tender and lyrical approaches to the subject and material. In "Albero Porta -- Cedro/Door Tree -- Cedar," Penone...

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