Rome

Felice Levini

Galleria Planita

Working with stereotypes within the visual arts means working not only with immediately recognizable images, but also with images, the conventional significance of which is broadly understood. The work of Felice Levini has always dealt with myth, proverb, and the image-symbol, phenomena that are different from one another but all equally related to the sense of community, to those psychological-symbolic features that cement a culture and that come from the past.

Levini relates to these icons of the past in singular fashion. His approach is “neither intimate nor nostalgic,” words we have seen included in many of his earlier pieces, and which also appeared in this exhibition of works, all dated 1991. They rested on the floor, on a bar beneath a large red, green, and black flag that hung from the ceiling. Levini seems to think that the visual stereotype of our culture is accepted not as a form

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