January 28, 1987

Works by Buggiani at Now Galery

            The Now Gallery, at 430 East 9th St. Is hosting a solo show of sculpture by Paolo Buggiani through Feb 8. The gallery is open Wednesday to Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.
            “Fire,” says Buggiani, “is a fundamental source of life and destruction. As it transforms itself into liquid color in motion, it is one of the elements that help me to paint in space. My decision to work with-in today’s cities, our modern labyrinths, suggested the title for my research: “Urban Mythology”.”
            Buggiani has created Fire Sculptures in New York City, Rome, Frankfurt and Berlin. His images are like burning street signals, and, whether they hang above and intersection or move through traffic, they reach the people in the streets. Among his major works are “Hiroshima,” in which a sculpted family is burned to extinction, silhouetted against the United Nations building, and the blazing Minotaur who pursues Ariadne on roller skates.
            A spectacular Fire Sculpture illuminated the Altre Oper Theatre in Frankfurt fot he “Musik-Fire-Spectacal” in May 1985. In June of 1986 Buggiani performed “Fire Sculpture Danube” in Linz, Austria. In July of 1986 he performed “Urban Mythology” at the New National Gallery at the Gedachtniskirche cathedral, both in Berlin in September of 1986 he performed “Pyramid of Fire” in Florence. Buggiani will transform the Gdachtniskirche cathedral in Berlin this July during the “City Celebration,” DePlana Kunsthalle GMBH.
            Flaming cars, today’s Trojan Horses, share their imagery with quietly burning clouds and doves-dramatically dueling armored figues. Through graphic symbolism written in fire, Buggiani revives ancient Mediterranean myths and projects them onto contemporary city streets. He uses poetry to appeal to our consciences suggesting modern mythological parallels. Since 1986, Buggiani has been among the leaders in Italian sculpture and abstract painting. In 1968 in New York, he was rewarded the Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship for Sculpture. He worked in Milan and Rome during the Seventies, returning to work in New York in 1979.