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Johan Creten: I Peccati

Villa Medici / Rome / Art

In Italian, i peccati means “the sins.” According to the art historian Colin Lemoine, “Johan Creten’s sculptures have nothing to do with moral or sanction, guillotine or censorship. They speak of sins, of life that merges desire and pain, hope and misery, luxury and anger …” Creten, a Flemish sculptor, is a proponent of “slow art,” or rather, a return to introspection. Known for the innovative ceramics he began making in the 1980s, Creten draws influence from past masters and moves between the abstract and the figurative. Fifty-five Creten pieces in ceramic, bronze, and resin are here juxtaposed with works by the 15th- and 16th-century masters Lucas Van Leyden, Hans Baldung, Jacques Callot, Barthel Beham, and Paul van Vianen. The similarities and differences provide further reflection. —E.C.

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