Alighiero Boetti, ‘Tra sè e sè, (Between self and self) ’, 1987, Noire Gallery

It is with the 1987 series of works titled TRA SE E SE that the truly private function of drawing becomes most evident .

The composition of the works harked back to the "Regno" triptych with the two images of Boetti holding a pencil with both hands at top the sheet. These columns, which also read as spines or totems, were composed of a row of more or less regular and always symmetrical shapes.

Alighiero Boetti, Mark Goodfrey, pag.283, published by Yale university Press and New haven and London, 2011

Alighiero Boetti, Quasi tutto, pag.106, published by Silvana Editioriale, 2004

About Alighiero Boetti

Conceptual artist Alighiero e Boetti was associated with the Arte Povera movement. Heavily influenced by his travels to Afghanistan, in his "Mappa" series (1971-92), Boetti directed Afghan craftswomen to embroider maps with geopolitical entities represented by their flags. His 1993 work Alternating 1 to 100 and Vice Versa, a kilim (woven tapestry), similarly recruited others for the design and execution. Boetti was preoccupied with the tension between order and disorder or chance, as seen in his recurring grid structures. Viewing himself as a dual being, he introduced the "e" (meaning "and") into his name to signify a twinned nature.

Italian, 1940-1994, Turin, Italy