It’s hard to believe that it took five decades for Niele Toroni to get an institutional solo show in New York, yet the Swiss Institute has finally given him the recognition he deserves with a survey of his long career. Known for his so-called “Travail-Peinture” method, the Swiss artist applies paint in regular intervals, always using a number 50 paintbrush and constantly making sure that the marks are 30 centimeters apart. As the show’s curator, Clément Delépine, explains, each mark varies slightly.
“It’s the brush, a pictorial tool that is for once not limited to serve the painter’s will,” Toroni says in the New York Times’ video, “and so it is for me a painting exhibition, and I am happy because it is presented well.”
The video, creative directed by Rachel Wolff, follows below.