Sunday, 15 March 1998

Peace, love and knitwear

March 15, 1998

Matthew Kalman

AFTER nuns kissing, horses copulating and Aids victims dying, you might think there was no subject under the sun left to faze the average Benetton shopper. Well then, think again. Oliviero Toscani, the image-making mastermind behind the Italian clothing giant, has turned his attention to one of the most intractable problems of the 20th century: the Arab-Israeli conflict.

In Israel - a country well used to passionate debate and violent confrontation - Toscani revealed his latest work to an enthusiastic audience last week, and casually compared himself to Picasso and the Renaissance painters. But Picasso never had Toscani's gift for publicity. Within a week, his new oeuvre will be …

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