Gianni Pettena. Human Wall

Vincenzo de Bellis, ARTFORUM, January 20, 2012

In a pair of solo shows, Gianni Pettena––artist, architect (or more precisely anarchitetto, or “anarchitect”), and leading figure in the Italian late-1960s and early-’70s “radical architecture” movement––presents a selection of early works and a series of more recent creations. Conceived as a “score” to be read and interpreted, the exhibitions successfully establish a channel of communication and complement one another. Moreover, they reveal the theoretical continuity as well as the command of materials and space that have always distinguished the practice of this extraordinary experimentalist.