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MIMMO PALADINO (b. 1948)

 
Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
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<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
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<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
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<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
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<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
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<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
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<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
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<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
<br>
<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
<br>
<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
<br>
<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
<br>
<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others. Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art. 
<br>
<br>In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.  
<br>
<br>Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others.
Untitled1990149 x 23 x 30 1/2 in.(378.46 x 58.42 x 77.47 cm) copper and bronze
Provenance
Sperone Westwater Gallery, New York, 1992
Private Collection, California

200,000

Mimmo Paladino began making sculptures in the early 1980s and became a central figure in the Transavanguardia movement. Artists such as Francesco Clemente, Sandro Chia, Enzo Cucchi and Nicola de Maria sought to bring emotion, figuration, and mysticism back into avant-garde art.

In this untitled large-scale piece from 1990, Paladino conveys the principle aims of Transavanguardia, which was a reaction against Minimalism by re-introducing the figure, creating a new narrative with a Humanist’s point of view. Here, the mounted figure emerges dramatically from the basic and essential form of a tall box column as if the intent were to realize in form these diametrically opposed aesthetics. The severe diagonal attitude of the figure relative to the column suggests its emergent corporeal nature – that it is born of elements of that essential nature and simple geometry inherent in that box column. It is a figure that is falling from the column as much as it is emerging from it. Perhaps it is 'born' of it.

Paladino’s work has been exhibited at prestigious institutions worldwide, including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Royal Academy of Art in London, the Paris Biennale, the Sydney Biennial, “Documenta 7” in Kassel, the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, and many others.
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