Art in the Age of Berlusconi
Rob Hamelijnck and Nienke Terpsma
This quintessentially 21st-century travelogue, 29th in the ever- provocative series Fucking Good Art, records artist/editors Rob Hamelijnck & Nienke Terpsma as they explore Italy’s challenging contemporary artistic and political scene in seven cities, from Rome to Palermo to Torino. In a series of rich travel journals incorporating experiences, conversations, texts by Italian artists and extensive black- and-white and color images, the authors paint a picture of Italy’s money- starved and organization-poor cultural system in the wake of media- mogul Silvio Berlusconi’s disastrous, right-wing reign as prime minister. Rome’s edgy Nomas Foundation underwrote this essential book, in which Italy may serve as a warning for the effects of the dramatic cutbacks in funding for cultural programs now being implemented across Europe.
240 pp / extensive b&w and color
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