bassi-200Javier Bassi (Montevideo, 1964-) Although Javier Bassi has been exhibiting his works for decades and established an international following after stints in New York and Europe, we were particularly impressed by a 2011 solo exhibition at the National Museum of Visual Arts (MNAV.) Expansive minimalist canvasses primarly in black with white accents are actually very intricately prepared layers of newsprint and classified ads covered methodically with black print toner. The intimate connection with both the past and the present is prevalent in Bassi's work, accumulated nostalgic memories over time. Bassi's work seems dark and perplexing, appropriate for a thinking man's artist. Visit his blog at http://javierbassi.blogspot.com/