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Luca Buvoli: Behind the Mask Community Focus Gallery

Main Gallery Mar 9–May 26, 1996

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Luca Buvoli: Behind the Mask Community Focus Gallery
Mar 9–May 26, 1996

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Behind the Mask, 1996
Behind the Mask, 1996, Installation view, Santa Monica Museum of Art

Behind the Mask, an installation created for the museum’s Focus Gallery by New York artist Luca Buvoli, was the tenth installment in Buvoli’s ongoing series, Not a Superhero. The artist’s infatuation with American superheroes began when he was a child living in Italy, and it continues in the form of his exploration of the relationship between human aspirations and the larger-than-life capabilities of superheroes. Composed of an artist’s book, drawings, collages, and sculpture made from urban detritus (candy wrappers, bits of plastic, wire, and rags), Behind the Mask considered issues of individual, national, and universal identity in relation to the moral struggles of our time–struggles that are characterized less by the conflict of good and evil than by ambiguity and guilt.