Dale Frank

Studio d'Arte Cannaviello

During the second half of the ’70s there was a moment when the river of art burst its banks and broke into thousands of rivulets. And art, that quintessential expression of Western culture, underwent a profound transformation; what science calls a “hopeful monster” was born. It will be the task of future philologists to establish the hows and the whys, and whether the first mutation came about in Germany or in Italy, whether it emerged within an Anglo-Saxon milieu or took root on the continent between the Rhine and the Oder-Neisse, or between the Alps and the Gulf of Naples. What is certain at this point is that the rivulets have broken up and in due time the dispersed waters will flow together again. It has happened before. And, from past experiences, we know that from the provinces of the empire, from the most spatially and temporally remote cultural “islands,” organisms bursting with

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