Perucchi-Petri, Author, Ursula Perucchi-Petri, Author, Rizzoli, Author Rizzoli International Publications $60 (400p) ISBN 978-0-8478-1203-5
Prominent Italian artist Enzo Cucci evokes a strange, apocalyptic world in his small drawings. In one, a quasi-human figure is caught in a whirlwind that razes everything to the ground; the vortex itself takes the form of a horrific face. In another, a teetering coach drawn by a gaunt horse carries two trees and a house; the coachman stretches to embrace a wheel suspended in mid-air, reminiscent of a sun disc. Perucchi-Petri, a Swiss curator, deciphers Cucchi's symbolic dramas mixing private and archetypal images as enigmatic messages of hope. The existential landscape is littered with angry seas, piled-up skulls, mysterious floating oval objects, while the artist himself, a bent figure with a radiant spine, reaches for blackbirds ``as if he wanted them to carry him to Heaven.'' Neither surrealist nor literal symbolist, Cucci gives his imagination free reign in the kingdom of chaos. (July)
Reviewed on: 03/31/1990
Release date: 04/01/1990
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