4840. "Ah," he exclaimed, "To have been like Franco and to have just gotten through that wretched time."
4841. "And why is it so important to you that Rome have a Chelsea?" I asked. "Everyone here seems too busy to look at art."
4842. "Because we need a Joseph Beuys, and we need an Anselm Keiffer and we have neither. Modern art in Rome is used only as the frivolous backdrop of aristocratic society events, and we have to understand that it is an activity that is capable of redeeming the soul of a nation."
4843. "But Beuys and Keiffer did not come out of New York," I said.