Sunday, February 19, 2017

Venice: Ca Pesaro - William Merritt Chase - A Painter between New York and Venice

"I am perfectly delighted with Venice. It is a most artistic place that I ever was in."
William Merritt Chase 1877 

Venice: Ca Pesaro - William Merritt Chase - A Painter between New York and Venice. At Ca' Pesaro, International Gallery of Modern Art, until May 28, the retrospective dedicated to the American artist William Merritt Chase (1849-1916) - A Painter Between New York and Venice, is curated by Elsa Smithgall and brings together almost sixty of the artist's best works.
Above. Under the William Merritt Chase painting of the Portrait of Mrs. C (Lady with a White Shawl) - 1877, the curator of Ca' Pesaro, Elisabetta Barisoni talks with art historian and independent curator for the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Giovanna Ginex.


William Merritt Chase  - Self-Portrait in the 4th Avenue Studio

1915-1916 - Oil on canvas

William Merritt Chase was a renowned figure in the international art circles of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, he was an innovative painter of the life of the American bourgeoisie, specializing in portraiture, through a technique inspired by his observation of the masters of European art. In his four-decade-long career, he reports in his work the energy of a nation on the verge of the 19th century, portraying the dynamic evolution of a society, mainly the middle class of Anglo-Saxon descendants, which stars to populate the urban parks in New York, the beaches in Long Island and to get them accustomed to art by visiting exhibitions and artists’ studios.


William Merritt Chase – A Venetian Balcony

1913 – Oil on canvas

Chase’s role inside the academies was as maitre and guide, accompanying students in study courses in the main European cities during the summers between 1903 and 1913. His views of Venice, in 1913, his last summer course in Europe, are characterized by loose brushstrokes, testifying the evolution of the artist’s representation from life, taking in consideration the academic concepts and a vision free from orders and expression of the pure painting pleasure.

Curator of the Terra Foundation for American Art, Katherine M. Bourguignon Croll, senior curator of the American Paintings Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Erica E. Hirshler, historian of art and independent curator for Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, Giovanna Ginex and curator of The Phillips Collection, Elsa Smithgall

William Merritt Chase – The Ring Toss

1896 ca. – Oil on canvas

William Merritt Chase – Gray Day on the Lagoon

1913 ca. – Oil on panel

William Merritt Chase – Self-Portrait

1908 – Oil on canvas

Journalist Veronica Tuzzii interviews the curator of the exhibition  
Elsa Smithgall  


Rosella Mamoli Zorzi 
William Merritt Chase – The Open Air Breakfast

1888 ca. – Oil on canvas

William Merritt Chase – At the Seaside

1892 ca. – Oil on canvas


William Merritt Chase

Flying Clouds – 1892 – Oil on canvas 
The Big Bayberry Bush – 1895 ca. – Oil on canvas

Elisabetta Barisoni 
The view from the grand staircase of Ca' Pesaro

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Archives - Nally Bellati - Villa d’Este - Idea Como Party Photos 1980s

Archives – Nally Bellati
Villa D’Este - Idea Como Pois Party – 1980s c.

From the archives of social photographer Nally Bellati, random photographs taken at Villa d’Este in Cernobbio during the Idea Como, fabric fair, Gala Dinner Party with the theme Pois or Polka Dot - sometime in the 1980s.
Sonia Rykiel

Beppe Modenese

Anne Marie Beretta and her son


Manfredi Bellati and Chantal Thomass


Vern Lambert

Paolo Rinaldi and Isa Vercelloni

Silvano Malta

Anna Riva

  Karl Lagerfeld

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Monday, February 06, 2017

Venice: Peggy Guggenheim Collection - My Weapon Against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass – Tancredi - A Retrospective

 “Tancredi, through his painting, creates a new poetic philosophy for those who have neither telescopes nor rockets: how lucky we are to have such crystallizations that transport us safe and sound toward other
Peggy Guggenheim

Venice:  Peggy Guggenheim Collection - My Weapon Against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass – Tancredi - A Retrospective. The Peggy Guggenheim Collection presents the exhibition My Weapon Against the Atom Bomb is a Blade of Grass. Tancredi. A Retrospective, curated by Luca Massimo Barbero, until March 13. With over ninety works, this much-awaited retrospective marks the return to Venice of Tancredi Parmeggiani (Feltre 1927–Rome 1964), among the most original and prolific Italian painters of the second half of the twentieth century. Tancredi was the only artist, after Jackson Pollock, whom Peggy Guggenheim placed under contract, promoting his work, making it known to museums and collectors in the USA, and organizing shows, including one in her own home, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, in 1954. More than sixty years later, with this show, Tancredi returns to the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, his reputation now beyond question, with remarkable paintings that re-create, step by step in intimate galleries, between creative fury and lyrical expressionism, the brief but meteoric trajectory of this great postwar painter.

Tancredi – (Untitled) City  
1954 – mixed media on canvas
Tancredi imagined Venice from above, evoking the atmosphere of the city in Winter, with fog filtering the light and thinning the crowd of buildings that characterizes the urban landscape.

Tancredi – Springtime
1951 - Gouache and crayon on paper
It is an ‘abstract universal landscape’ painted with three small dots and dabs of the brush in manner that makes one think of flowery fields, sky and earth. This is a prime example of Tancredi’s first Informal style.

Tancredi – (Untitled)  Balloons on the Swamp
1953 – mixed media on Masonite

Tancredi – (Untitled) Sojourn in Venice
1954 – Oil on Masonite
Tancredi depicts a lagoon-scape of pure abstraction, with a highly atmospheric effect.  Perhaps this signified his return to a calm life in Venice, after failed attempts to establish himself in Paris and Rome.


Tancredi – A Propos of Norwegian Atmosphere 1
1959 – Mixed media on masonite
In 1959 Tancredi traveled to Norway with his wife Tove and discovered an entirely new landscape beyond that of the lagoon, composed of a colder but nonetheless intense light.  It was after this trip that colors such as green, which had rarely appeared in his work, began to take on a dominant role.

 Tancredi – Untitled
(Flowers 101% Painted by Me and by Others No.8)
1962 – Mixed media and collage on canvas with pencil and crayon on paper
Tancredi sometimes used drawings of his own in his collages, using in particular doodles from his Witticisms series.  In this case, Tancredi applied a large square of gauze towards the right of the canvas to create an effect of transparency within the painting, and glued, directly below it a drawing a scene from a film still of another reality inserted into the painting but intentionally detached from it.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection – The interns


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