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The Course of Empire: Desolation
Oil on canvas (relined)
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Since the mid-1990s, Antonio Petracca has been making paintings that bring the painted surface into "real" space, sometimes by using boxlike supports that protrude sculpturally from the wall, at other times displaying panels leaning on shelves or molding. His preferred subject matter has been urban architecture--often seen in skyline views, radically cropped with the surface blurred, presented on carefully constructed architectonic supports. Works from 2000 show views of the World Trade Center and Rockefeller Center. This subject matter, combined with the fact that Petracca is a longtime resident of Battery Park City, make his later paintings, all of the World Trade Center site post-9/11, seem both melancholic and sincere.
Gift of Kim Foster Gallery
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