The Go-Between – A selection of international emerging artists from the Ernesto Esposito collection Capodimonte Museum – Naples

imageOn the 13th of December “The Go-Between” opened in the evocative halls of the Capodimonte Museum in Naples.

The exhibition had a certain monumental quality to it because of its vast quantity of artworks. Indeed the show’s press release touches on this fact by stating, “The Go-Between connects two people or things and creates a union or passageway between those two things and as such is both mediator and messenger. The Go- Between” is also the main character of English writer L.P. Hartley’s novel of the same name (1953) as well as of Jospeh Losey’s cinematographic version of 1970. A film which tells the murky events hovering around the binomial relationship between memory/passion and their reciprocal unveiling. Amidst his collection, Ernesto Esposito is also and quite literally the go-between. He is the bridge between both his own life experience and aesthetic vision with his emotions, fears and personal melancholy. Esposito is also the go-between in relation to his passion for art and his audacious decisions when it comes to art collecting.” He is a cultural agitator. In other words, he is exactly what an art viewing audience needs.


His art collection is made up of illustrious names such as Beuys, Richter, Warhol, Rauschenberg, Twombly and many more. Still “The Go Between” is an exhibition almost entirely composed and dedicated to very young artists. The names of the artists are numerous and their geographic and artistic backgrounds various: from Kasper Sonne ( 1974 Copenhagen) with his burned paintings to Oliver Osborne( 1985, Edinburgh) who’s work is inspired by comics. Then there is Alfredo Aceto ( Turin, 1991) who tries with his work to evoke a past situation which might or might not have happened.

imageThere is also Annie Lapin ( 1978, Washington), and her “pure painting”. She is another of the artists who develops a very strong and personal style. Her work attempts to shut down the Turner-inspired soul and instead recall the brush of Herbert Brandl’s latest works. Graham Collins’(1982 San Francisco) work has a certain rare immediacy, while in perfect dialogical balance the viewer experiences the works of artists Nico Colon ( 1982, San Francisco) and Ana Manso (1984, Lisbon) whose pieces are placed near one another.

The extremely brilliant and, from a pictorial perspective, exquisitely enjoyable work of Charlie Billingham (1984, London) dialogues well with the much drier, yet equally intense, work of Gabriele de Santis ( 1983, Rome). Jean-Baptiste Bernadet’s ( 1978, Paris) “Revisited Impressionism” sits perfectly alongside Nick Damstaedter’s work ( 1988, Los Angeles), while the ironic, the grotesque and the cynical blend into one and animate Vincenzo Rusciano’s ( 1973, Naples) art.
Grear Patterson’s (1988, Connecticut) piece, on the other hand, is reassuring yet with a touch of authority and is placed in dialogue with the dense, bright, homogeneous crispy work of Josh Reams ( 1985, Dallas). And just to underline the distinctive multidisciplinary nature and eclectic collecting abilities of Ernesto Esposito, the viewer finds works by giants like Mario Schifano, Jannis Kounellis, Cindy Sherman and others placed in different rooms throughout the museum.

DuoNumerous gallery owners and artists took part in the exhibition, one which will be talked about for a long time. Of no less importance, however, was The Go-Between’s party – worthy of the suavest 1980s shindigs – which took place in a disco atop the Posillipo Hill. A fact which finally allowed the city of Naples to show its true soul.

Vincenzo Della Corte



Joshua Abelow, Alfredo Aceto, Kenneth Alme, Hector Arce-Espasas, Conor Backman, Domenico
Balsamo, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet, Charlie Billingham, Alain Biltereyst, Sebastian Black, Andy Boot,
Mike Bouchet, Andrew Brischler, Alice Browne, Salvino Campos, Etienne Chambaud, Julian Charrière,
Claire Fontaine, Graham Collins, Nico Colón, Ethan Cook, Andrew Dadson, Nick Darmstaedter, Robert
Davis, Simon Denny, Detanico & Lain, Jens Einhorn, Olivia Erlanger, Ryan Estep, Sam Falls, Leo Gabin,
Piero Golia, Greg Gong, Jack Greer, May Hands, John Henderson, Benjamin Horns, Nathan Hylden,
Parker Ito, Henrik Olai Kaarstein, Kika Karadi, Kiluanji Kia Henda, Maxim Liulca, Israel Lund, Brendan
Lynch, Erica Mahinay, Michael Manning, Ana Manso, Helen Marten, Hugo McCloud, Adam McEwen,
Adrien Missika, Evan Nesbit, Amir Nikravan, Ben Wolf Noam, Wes Noble, Alek O., Jebila Okongwu,
Oliver Osborne, Grear Patterson, Zoë Paul, Marco Perego Saldana, Nicholas Pilato, Kour Pour, Josh
Reames, Scott Reeder, Dan Rees, Joe Reihsen, Bert Rodriguez, Emanuel Röhss, Julia Rommel, Christian
Rosa, Vincenzo Rusciano, Gabriele De Santis, Ryan Conrad Sawyer, Hugh Scott-Douglas, Luca Sidro,
Travess Smalley, Lucien Smith, Kasper Sonne, Martin Soto Climent, Kate Steciw, Chris Succo, Eugenio
Tibaldi, Keith J. Varadi, Ned Vena, Yonatan Vinitsky, Dan Walsh, Garth Weiser, Jordan Wolfson

Counterpoints added to the historical collection:

John Baldessari, Howard Hodgkin, Thomas Houseago, Jannis Kounellis, Robert Rauschenberg, Mario
Schifano, Cindy Sherman, Thomas Struth.

imageCourtesy Ernesto Esposito Collection

© Vincenzo Della Corte, Fisk Frisk magazine, Ernesto Esposito Collection

Curator: Eugenio Viola



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