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  • Steven Parrino, Germs, 1994, enamel and graphite on vellum, 15 × 18 1⁄2".

    Steven Parrino, Germs, 1994, enamel and graphite on vellum, 15 × 18 1⁄2".

    “Steven Parrino: Nihilism is Love”

    Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein
    Städtle 32
    February 21–May 17, 2020

    Curated by Friedemann Malsch and Fabian Flückiger

    Steven Parrino’s oft-repeated credo “Radicality comes from content and not necessarily form” led the artist to produce a wide variety of works across different media during his twenty-five-year career. Regrettably, his disparate legacy has been mostly reduced to a one-liner: the dandified, punk high formalism of his mis-stretched canvases. “Nihilism Is Love” will be Parrino’s first large-scale exhibition since a posthumous retrospective in 2006, which he had been partly overseeing before his untimely death at the age of forty-six the previous year. Featuring more than one hundred works including drawings, paintings, photos, videos, and sculptures, this show should elucidate the breadth and complexity of a practice that aimed, after the death of the avant-garde, to make art that was, in Parrino’s words, “more cult than culture.”