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Gallery: Luca Buvoli’s Astrodoubt and The Quarantine Chronicles

New York-based artist reflects on our present-day realities through a fictitious astronaut

Luca Buvoli
Luca Buvoli: Renoir

Through his ongoing Astrodoubt and The Quarantine Chronicles series, multimedia artist Luca Buvoli has been reflecting on our present-day realities through the guise of a fictitious astronaut.

Named Astrodoubt, the character doesn’t let an earth-shattering deadly pandemic get in the way of his escapist fantasies about life in outer space or a post-pandemic future on this planet.

Buvoli, an Italian-born, New York-based artist also on the faculty at the prestigious Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, was invited by the Phillips Collection to produce new work that engages in some way with the museum’s permanent collection as part of its Intersections series — and becoming the first-ever digital Intersections edition in the process.

The result is an extension of Buvoli’s Astrodoubt series — with the astronaut exploring 12 paintings from the collection, inserting text to reflect on each scene depicted from an often tragicomic perspective of COVID-19.

Picture: Present is featured on the Phillips’ website as well as on its Instagram account. A Zoom Artist Talk with Buvoli is set for Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5:30 p.m. Visit or

Luca Buvoli: Bess
Luca Buvoli: Jones
Luca Buvoli: Thomas
Luca Buvoli: Crite

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