• Salvo

    Galerie Maenz

    In 1977 when the Sicilian artist Salvatore Mangione, or Salvo, was given a comprehensive one-man show at the Museum Folkwang in Essen, his work was provocative to artists and public alike. In cool, soft, pale tonalities on large canvases he depicted the saints of Sicily; old carts, and other folk fetishes; and himself as Saint Martin, in a logical extension of his ceremonial, ironic self-monumentalization in plaques commemorating various cultural heroes. Some of these paintings directly imitated works by Old Masters, while others were in the style of the Old Masters but were based on Salvo’s

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