Nino Longobardi

Galleria Civica di Modena

NINO LONGOBARDI IS A NEAPOLITAN ARTIST who lives and works in Naples. That is something more than a simple statement of fact; it is practically an implicit declaration of poetics, but one that should not be misunderstood as a reference to folklore or to some pictorial vernacular. Naples is one paradigm for how it is possible to live today—in the twenty-first century, not in the past—literally “under the volcano” and always on the brink of catastrophe. Those artists, like Longobardi, who adopt this city as the context, subject, and object of their work, produce an art that, while clearly tied to place, is closer to a “glocal” (global + local) concept than to one that is simply ethnic. The Neapolitan character is the product of a culture as stratified, complex, and various as any that sprang from the imagination of Philip K. Dick.

Such cultural stratification is immediately recognizable

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