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Corrado Levi, Quasi, autoamori di Johnny (Almost, Johnny’s Self-Loves) (detail), 2004–10, semen and ink on paper, dimensions variable.

Corrado Levi

Peep-Hole

Corrado Levi, Quasi, autoamori di Johnny (Almost, Johnny’s Self-Loves) (detail), 2004–10, semen and ink on paper, dimensions variable.

The title sounded mysterious, “Quasi, autoamori di Johnny, e una poesia” (Almost, Johnny’s Self-Loves, and a Poem), but it perfectly illustrated the content of Corrado Levi’s show, which opened shortly after the artist’s large-scale retrospective at the Galleria d’Arte Moderna e Contemporanea in Bergamo, some twenty-five miles outside Milan. At Peep-Hole, however, there was only a very short poem and a string hung across the room lengthwise, from one wall to another, to which twenty-seven sheets of paper were attached. The same configuration, sans poem, was repeated in a smaller adjacent room, but with only a single sheet of paper. One thought of laundry hanging out to dry, and of photographs drying in darkrooms. But Levi’s work also refers in no uncertain terms to the body and to sexuality. One side of almost every sheet has the handwritten phrase JOHNNY SI MASTURBA (Johnny is

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