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Hamish Moore: The Barga vanga paintings

Hamish Moore: The Barga vanga paintings

Hamish Moore plays in Palazzo Pancrazi as the exhibition closes

  The latest exhibition by Keane, 10 paintings in lacquered oil mounted back-to-back in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, is an eloquent study in the suggestive complexity of simple objects. Their immediate subject is the “vanga,” the traditional spade used by Tuscan peasants since time immemorial to turn their soil. Viewed from a variety of […]

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Keane: The Barga vanga paintings

Keane: The Barga vanga paintings

article by Frank Viviano

The latest exhibition by Keane, 10 paintings in lacquered oil mounted back-to-back in the lobby of Palazzo Pancrazi, is an eloquent study in the suggestive complexity of simple objects. Their immediate subject is the “vanga,” the traditional spade used by Tuscan peasants since time immemorial to turn their soil. Viewed from a variety of perspectives, […]

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Keane: Exhibition of Barga vanga paintings

Keane: Exhibition of Barga vanga paintings

discarded vangas - no longer once vitally important objects

The vanga – a large spade used in this area since Roman times is the central figure in the latest work by Keane. He has been collecting discarded vangas for many years. Once vitally important objects which have now been thrown away as agriculture and working the land in general has become either mechanised or […]