new-york

Salomé and Luciano Castelli

Annina Nosei Gallery

The quarrel with expressionist art is at base a political one: art that places supreme value on individual enterprise is, ultimately, reactionary. While the expressionist stance is confrontational, it is as often based on an effete snobbism as on real understanding of or sympathy with the oppressed classes. And, moreover, whether of the right or the left, it can too easily be characterized as merely rebellious—as safely contained, easily explained, and therefore in complicity with the standards that it seeks to overthrow, be they moral, political, or esthetic. It is art that sets out to eradicate the idea of distance, and in doing so insures that it cannot exercise a truly critical function. The latest expressionist manifestation to surface in New York comes from Berlin—four artists so far: Luciano Castelli, Rainer Fetting, Helmut Middendorf, and Salomé. Their work shares several

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