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Mario Schifano

Galleria Tucci Russo

Mario Schifano is an exemplar of the Italian generation of the ’60s, when he first produced monochrome works and then followed a path of continuous experimentation. He is more closely attuned than most Italian artists to American developments, as can be seen in his use of technological and linguistic methodologies; his early work paralleled and was contemporary with Pop and New Dada statements, and if one can speak of a continuity in Schifano’s art one of its characteristics would be his emulation of avant-garde developments (not only in the visual arts) in other countries. The current work implicitly and polemically engages the current unconditional and confused return to painting and the sentimental revival of inauthentic Expressionism, the artificial vitality of which passes for a playful liberation of instinct and fantasy. In contrast with these regressions Schifano’s work deals with

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