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In Defence of Crapstraction, by Mike Watson / ArtReview

In Defence of Crapstraction

Mike Watson on whether zombie abstraction might be more than the result of a vacuous sociopolitical landscape, from the April 2015 issue

By Mike Watson

Gianni Dessì, Lucciola, 2012. Courtesy Galleria Alessandro Bagnai, Florence

In 1975 Pier Paolo Pasolini wrote, ‘At the beginning of the sixties, the fireflies began to disappear in our nation, due to pollution of the air, and the azure rivers and limpid canals, above all in the countryside. This was a stunning and searing phenomenon. There were no fireflies left after a few years.’ These reflections – which appeared in an article entitled ‘Il Vuoto del Potere in Italia’ (‘The Power Void in Italy’) in Corriere Della Sera – were…

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