Enrico Rossi, the President of Tuscany has upped the ante in the already heated debate taking place over the Region’s proposed Environmental Plan – which sees the closure of some of the marble quarries operating in the Natural Park of the Apuan Alps. The President’s answer to the Quarries’ – and the Mayors of all the Municipalities affected – request to scrap the Plan, is unequivocal, … and sure to displease the Pro-Quarry Coalition.

“The violence with which the quarry industry throws itself against the work of the Region’s Urban Planner and of the Regional Council makes even clearer the necessity of a change in the government of, and the bringing-to-norm of the quarries.” … these are President Rossi’s words – as quoted in a daily – … and they sound like fightin’ words to us.

Rossi placed his complete confidence in the Region’s proposed Plan: “If there’s someone who thinks that the Plan won’t be approved, then they’re dead wrong;” and thus he underscores that he has placed his continued tenure as President of the Region on the passage of the Environmental Plan.

“Even for the Quarries,” continued Rossi,  “the moment has come to change, today we need to work and develop with due respect for the environment.”

To be continued…

The photo above is by Emanuele Lotti, from Flickr.

Previously on Art is Life:

Marble Quarry Closures – The seven mayors of the Versilia stand united against Tuscany

48 marble quarries at risk of being shut down as part of new Tuscany Region environmental plan

“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori


Andrea Sampaolo, a young local artist spent some time in Miami, and the experience lingers in his current work. “RE-LIFE” is his homage to the area’s marble traditions, in the form of paintings – some using pigments and actual Marble-Quarry debris.

Sampaolo brings a street-art aesthetic to his work, the paint is often sprayed-on, on canvas and on thin sheets of marble. “RE-LIFE” was produced within the Laboratorio Creativo of the Department of Culture of the Comune of Forte dei Marmi, with the Fondazione Villa Bertelli, and INSIDEART, and by the BeenGreen group which promotes investment in the green economy and a re-qualification of the marble quarrying region. The exhibition will be accompanied by soundworks from Barbara Eramo and Stefano Saletti.

The opening reception is this Saturday, the 12th of April, 2014 at 6pm.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Andrea Sampaolo
From the 12th of April, to the 4th of May, 2014.
Piazza Garibaldi, 1,
Forte dei Marmi

Hours: Tues – Thurs: 9:30am to 1pm. Fri – Sun: 9:30am to 1pm, and 3:30pm to 6pm.




This year sees the debut of “Studi Aperti” (Open Studios) in Carrara. The artists, painters, sculptors, ceramicists, designers and other art-professionals will open the doors to their studios for anyone interested to come by and see how their works take shape.

There’s 125 artists signed up so far, but the number is sure to go up; the artists, some Carrara locals and some Carrara-adoptees, stated to the Il Tirreno daily that they want to help bring new life to the City of Marble and that they want to fight the “over-arching sentiment of inertia and artistic and cultural desolation.”

The two day event will feature special guests and will rely on social media for communication; a website for the event, and a map of the participating studios will be produced shortly.

We’ll try and provide you with more information as it becomes available.

And we ask you to feel free to contribute any information about the Carrara “Studi Aperti” 2014 project. Write to us at info (at) artislimited.com


Luigi Biagini’s “Il Paesaggio Incantato” (the Enchanted Lanscape) a retrospective exhibition of the photographer’s large-format black and white photos of the landscape of marble, is on view at the Galleria Duomo in Carrara until the 4th of May, 2014.

The photographer, whose studio is in his native Carrara, has been active in photography since 1968, when he set up his frrst darkroom. He has photographed the mountains around Carrara since the 70s and his photos while revealing a landscape of quarries and quarrymen, and the tools of their trade also belie an awareness of an inner, silent landscape. The show is curated by Filippo Rolla.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.





Visit the Galleria Duomo website, for more information, linked here.

Luigi Biagini
“Il Paesaggio Incantato”
Until the 4th of May, 2014.
Galleria Duomo Carrara
Via Finelli, 22
email: info (at) galleriaduomo.it


We post the last episode of Pete Seeger’s “Rainbow Quest,” a television series about – and made up of – folk music. The series was aired on small stations in some parts of the US, in the late sixties. This episode was not included on the first dvd re-issues by request of Pete Seeger himself, apparently because of Johnny Cash’s “condition” during the show. Everybody on set, for this episode, is politely “singing around” Johnny’s drug problem, Pete keeps up the mood and a weary eye out, the cameraman often excludes the restless Johnny from the shot, June boldly brings good cheer to a sad situation, but one can feel the pain in her eyes. The music is nothing short of spectacular. It’s a disturbing and fascinating document.

Read the Wikipedia page on Pete Seeger’s TV show “Rainbow Quest,” linked here.


Luca-Vinciguerra-gestalt-Milano-Design-2014This Wednesday, coinciding with the Settimana del Salone del Mobile, a high-profile design event, Pietrasanta’s Gestalt Gallery opens its Temporary Gallery, in Milan and features the work of Luca Vinciguerra.

The versatile artist hails from Livorno; the one-person-exhibition will showcase some of his paintings, some of the artist’s lightboxes – one is pictured above – as well as his StonesChair, which he created out of painted resin to celebrate the English rock band’s anniversary. The artist riffs on pop art themes and surfs pop culture using design and comics elements in his work.

The opening reception is this Wednesday, the 9th of April, 2014, at 7:30pm.

There will be a special concert on Sunday, the 13th of April, by the artist, or rather, featuring an alter ego of the versatile artist.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Visit the Gestalt Gallery website, linked here.

Luca Vinciguerra
From the 9th of April to the 25th of April, 2014
Gestalt Temporary
Via Savona, 11,

Previously on Art is Life:

For all our posts about Pietrasanta’s Gestalt Gallery, visit the web page linked here.


Cildo Meireles, Installations, is the title of the first retrospective exhibition, in Italy, of the work of Cildo Meireles, considered a pioneer in the Brazilian – and International – conceptual art scene. Meireles was one of the first – in the 60s – to experiment with immersive and multi-sensory installations that involve the viewer physically. The retrospective features 12 of the artist’s most important installations executed between 1970 to the present, and is at the BicoccaHangar in Milano, until the 20th of July, 2014.

A pier over a “water” made of 17,000 open books, each with an image of the sea, an Indian Tee-Pee covered in paper money from American countries at the center of a floor made of animal bones, and a tiny wooden cube (“Cruzeiro do Sul” 1969/70) that measures 9cm by 9cm, made from trees sacred to the Indios, are three of the works in the show, which is curated by Vicente Todolì.

“Amerikka” is a piece featuring a carpet of 25,000 eggs (they’re made of wood…) under a canopy of 55,000 bullets, (pictured above.) Meireles was also involved in social causes and the Tropicalia movement, togeter with Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil.

Read about Cildo Meireles’ art and life, on the Wikipedia page, linked here.

Visit the exhibition website for more information, and to see a gallery with images from the show, all linked here.







Cildo Meireles, Installations,
Until the 20th of July, 2014
Fondazione HangarBicocca
Via Chiese 2, 20126 Milano

T (+39) 02 66 11 15 73
F (+39) 02 64 70 275

Hours: Mon, Tues, Weds, closed. Thurs through Sun, from 11am to 11pm.

FREE and open to the public.


Or you can watch the English-language portrait made for Meireles’ recent TATE show, “CILDO MEIRELES” (Gerald Fox, UK 2008, 50 min) by award-winning director Gerald Fox, … which presents an intimate portrait of the artist’s life and work, a story largely told by the artist himself.That “CILDO” is linked here.


Over the years artists have expressed the need to have an exhibition space outside of the institutional and gallery spaces in Pietrasanta, open to independent artists. And over the past months several artists have taken it upon themselves to manifest their desire for this space by “occupying” the city’s Piazzas and streets with sculptures and installations. The Mayor of Pietrasanta, Domenico Lombardi, has called for a meeting to discuss the issue and is inviting all persons concerned at the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, Thursday, the 3rd of April, 2014, at 5:30pm.

“What we want to do first is to see how much this issue matters to artists” – explains the Mayor – “after the creative interventions of Stefano Pierotti, Giovanni da Monreale, and Lorenzo Rappelli, and after a careful discussion with Stefano Pierotti, it has emerged that there is a need to promote the varied patrimony of talents that make Pietrasanta what it is.”

“We’ll try” – continues the Mayor – “to see, together, if there are appropriate spaces, and how to run them, and what form to give this new art space.”

The artist Lorenzo Bruni, who has had experience with BASE, a similar project in Florence (the independent space celebrates 16 years’ activity) will participate.

Domenico Lombardi, the Mayor will be present along with Sergio Tedeschi, from the Comune di Pietrasanta’s Istituti Culturali, and Lorenzo Bruniof the Florence-based BASE Progetti per l’Arte collective. All artists and persons concerned are invited to attend.

The meeting is Thursday, the 3rd of April, 2014, at 5:30pm at the Chiostro of Sant’Agostino in Pietrasanta.

Visit the Comune di Pietrasanta’s fb page, for more info on everything happening in the City of Art, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

Sculptor “occupies” Pietrasanta’s Piazza, graciously donates sculpture to the City… – in return, he gets a fine and his sculpture back

Another Pietrasanta based artist surreptitiously installs a sculpture, … and, yes, donates it to the city

A “dedicated space” in Pietrasanta for artists’ provocations”




Julia Vance, exhibits “Bøye Stein” at the Gallery Bærum Kunstforening, in Oslo, Norway. Her sculptures are harmonious wholes, tight forms driven by lines. There is an almost organic buoyancy within the pieces waiting to breathe and expand. She is a Norvegian sculptor, one of many international artists who’ve made Pietrasanta their creative home. She has a studio at Studio Sem’s.

Vance will exhibit 30 pieces, in marble, alabaster, granite and steel. The exhibiion is a retrospective of sorts, as the work spans ten years of her creative endeavor. Her work has been exhibited the world over, and is in public and private collections; one of her works is in the square in front of the Norwegian Parliament. She is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors.

The opening reception is this Saturday, the 5th of April, 2014 at 12 noon.

Visit the artist’s website linked here.


Julia Vance
“Bøye Stein”
From the 5th of April to the 4th of May, 2014
Gallery Bærum Kunstforening,
Engervannsveien 31,
1300 Sandvika,

Hours: From Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 4pm.



You can purchase the album – for $6 – on the Lullatone Bandcamp page, linked here.

(via A Closer Listen)


Previously on Art is Life:

Marble Quarry Closures – The seven mayors of the Versilia stand united against Tuscany

48 marble quarries at risk of being shut down as part of new Tuscany Region environmental plan

“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori




“In the Year of the Pig is a 1968 American documentary film about the origins of the Vietnam War, directed by Emile de Antonio. It was nominated for an Academy award for best documentary.

The film, which is in black and white, contains much historical footage and many interviews. Those interviewed include Harry Ashmore, Daniel Berrigan, Philippe Devillers, David Halberstam, Roger Hilsman, Jean Lacouture, Kenneth P. Landon, Thruston B. Morton, Paul Mus, Charlton Osburn, Harrison Salisbury, Ilya Todd, John Toller, David K. Tuck, David Werfel and John White.

Produced during the Vietnam War, the film was greeted with hostility by many audiences, with bomb threats and vandalism directed at theaters that showed it.

De Antonio cites the film as his personal favorite. It features the ironic use of patriotic music, portrays Ho Chi Minh as a patriot to the Vietnamese people, and asserts that Vietnam was always a single country rather than two.

Its poster was famously used as an album cover for The Smiths‘ second album, Meat Is Murder. The insignia on the soldier’s helmet was changed to “meat is murder”.”

From the Wikipedia article, linked here.


Ruggero Alfredo Michahelles, (1898-1976) – in art RAM – is best known as a Tuscan Futurist, who along with his brother Thayhat was at the center of the Italian avant-garde of the early years of the last century. The artist ran with Marinetti’s band of Futurists, yet there were other hidden aspects to the man’s personality and artistic inquiry. Jarring is perhaps a word to describe the tension between his fascination with Futurist ideas of Progress and his output as painter of the metaphysical. He explored, in paint, and with open mind, silence and empty, still spaces. His was a research into a timeless beauty that took as his own classical forms – yet his works still embody, and exude all the tensions of those Modern times.

“RAM. La Realtà Metafisica” at the Centro Matteucci in Viareggio, chronicles the artists’ journeys through the “neometaphysical experience” which began in the 30s. A journey which led him to Paris, and the company of other “Italiens de Paris” such as Magnelli, Paresce, Tozzi and De Chirico. In 1936 he exhibits at “Le Niveau” gallery and De Chirico himself wrote “If it is the artist’s intention to create beautiful things, Michahelles succeeds through canvases that know how to enlarge walls, beautify rooms, and all without forgetting the greatest of challenges: he knows how to give works with which we would like to live with.”

The exhibition at the Centro Matteucci, focuses on works from this stage of the painter’s voyage: there’s his “Island without Shadows,” and his enigmatic and faceless mannequins by the seaside. We are treated also to a peek at RAM, the sculptor – we get to see his “Quadriga” defined by Marinetti as “Power Strength, Horses, Engines” a work produced by the artist for MGM’s first theatrical release of “Ben Hur” and which cemented the artist’s fame at the Venice Biennale of 1937.






“RAM. La Realtà Metafisica”
Curated by Francesco Palminteri and Susanna Ragionieri
Until the 2nd of June, 2014
Fondazione Centro Matteucci per l’Arte Moderna
Via G. D’Annunzio, 28

Tickets: 5 euro

Info: tel. 0584 430614

Hours: Thursday and Friday 3:30pm to 7:30pm
Saturday and Sunday: 10:00am to 1:00pm and 3:30pm to 7:30pm


The mayors of all seven municipalities in the Versilia – the area home to the marble quarries famous for marble, since Roman times – have unanimously voiced  their opposition to the recently proposed Tuscany Region environmental plan – which foresees the closure of the quarries within the Park of the Apuan Alps.

The mayors met in the Auditorium of Cardoso in Stazzema on Tuesday, in front of a large crowd of onlookers and articulated a unified response to the Tuscany Region’s plan, by signing a “documento unitario” (a unifying document) . In so doing the whole of the Versilia has claimed its right to have a voice in whatever choices are made which affect its future. The mayors also expressed their support for the marble industry and its “model” for doing business in the area, both from a “foundational historic value” and from the “current irreplaceable economic value.”

This document adds to the already expressed opposition by the Municipalities of the Garfagnana and presents a determined and unified position to the Tuscany Region.

Participating were the Municipalities of: Stazzema, Seravezza, Forte dei Marmi, Pietrasanta, Camaiore, Massarosa, and Viareggio.

Previously on Art is Life:

48 marble quarries at risk of being shut down as part of new Tuscany Region environmental plan

“L’economia alternativa nelle Apuane” conference will address alternatives to the ongoing marble quarrying, this Saturday, in Lucca

“Turning Art History into Toothpaste” The issues involving the “ongoing environmental disaster” in Carrara’s marble region are beginning to be noticed

<Reposting: “The destruction of the Apuan Alps; the greatest environmental disaster of Europe”

UPDATE: ____________ “Stop the destruction of the Apuan Alps” – Online petition gathers steam, prompts an official response

“SALVIAMO LE APUANE” Environmentalists and “escursionisti” tag Mount Pania to stop the “destruction of the Apuan Alps”

“The Plundered Alps” Der Spiegel Magazine tells of the devastation of the Apuan Alps

John Singer Sargent’s watercolors of the Marble Quarries in Carrara

“The Apennine in the light of day / Is a mighty mountain dim and gray.” B&W photos of the marble quarries in the Apuan Alps over Carrara

“Out of the Mist – the Rock Art of the Alpi Apuane” at Villa Gori



Zoran Grinberg exhibits his marble sculptures at the “Dal Libro alla Solidarietà” bookshop, in the town of Fivizzano. The artist was born in Paris, in 1968, and spent his childhood in Belgrade and Montenegro. In 1998 he came to Carrara to develop marble sculpting techniques and in 2000 he settles in Carrara, where he runs a sculpture studio also offering classes.

The opening reception is Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at 4pm.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Zoran Grinberg
From the 29th of April to the 10th of May, 2014
At the “Dal Libro alla Solidarietà” Bookshop
Sala Loris Jacopo Bonomi
Convento degli Agostiniani
Via Umberto I, no. 26


Database Carrara 2014 gets underway – and this year the events take place at the newly refurbished Palazzo Forti, one of the former sites of the prestigious Accademia delle Belle Arti of Carrara.

Palazzo Forti is located in Via Michelangelo Buonarroti in Carrara – and has recently been transformed into a creative space open to artists, photographers and graphic artists. The space is home to the events and workshops listed above, and will showcase other Database Carrara events in the coming months. It’s the brainchild of Federica Forti – a descendant of the Forti dynasty, and owner of the building – who heads the Ars Gratia Artis association which runs Database Carrara.

Visit Database Carrara’s website for more information, linked here.

And for more information about renting a space in Palazzo Forti, you can call: 347 0955010.

Previously on Art is Life:

“Apologia” Database Carrara 2013 ____________ Three artists show site-specific artwork at the Museo del Marmo, in Carrara

“Apologia” Database Carrara 2013 ____________ Video Interviews with Greta Alfaro, Juan Pablo Marcìas and Fabrizio Prevedello

Sam Durant’s “Propaganda of the Deed” exhibition at the Centro Arti Plastiche in Carrara examines the Marble City’s Anarchist roots __________ DATABASE, 2nd Edition, 2013

The second edition of Carrara’s “DATABASE” features art in the Marble City’s art galleries, public spaces and marble quarries

Children’s workshops at the Museo Civico del Marmo in Carrara _____________ we post the “programma”

Anarchy in … Carrara. Avelino Sala’s art of activism and social critique confronts Carrara’s marble and its own history of political upheaval


We reprint the Wikipedia list of  screen (and small screen) adaptations of Osca Wilde’s only novel, listed in chronological order of release or broadcast.

  • Dorian Grays Portræt (1910)
    Directed by Axel Strøm
    Starring Valdemar Psilander as Dorian Gray
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1913)
    Directed by Phillips Smalley
    Starring Wallace Reid as Dorian Gray; Lois Weber, and Smalley. With screenplay by Weber.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1915)
    Directed by Eugene Moore. Produced by Thanhouser Film Corporation
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1916)
    Directed by Fred W Durrant; screenplay by Rowland Talbot
    Starring Henry Victor as Dorian Gray; Sydney Bland as Basil Hallward; Jack Jordan as Henry Wotton; Pat O’Malley as Sibyl Vane
  • Das Bildnis des Dorian Gray (1917)
    Directed by Richard Oswald; screenplay by Richard Oswald
    Starring Bernd Aldor as Dorian Gray; Ernst Ludwig as Basil Hallward; Ernst Pittschau as Henry Wotton; Lea Lara as Sibyl Vane
  • Az Élet királya (1918)
    Directed by Alfréd Deésy; screenplay by József Pakots
    Starring Norbert Dán as Dorian Gray; Gusztáv Turán as Basil Hallward; Bela Lugosi (credited as Arisztid Olt) as Henry Wotton; Ila Lóth as Sibyl Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
    Directed by Albert Lewin; screenplay by Albert Lewin
    Starring Hurd Hatfield as Dorian Gray; Lowell Gilmore as Basil Hallward; George Sanders as Henry Wotton; Angela Lansbury as Sibyl Vane. Lansbury was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Considered by many to be the best version, although a love interest not found in the novel appears; Basil Hallward’s niece played by Donna Reed. The film won the Academy Award for Best Cinematography, and is remarkable for its crisp black-and-white photography, and a handful of technicolor shots of the portrait, which was painted originally by Henrique Medina.[1] Ivan Albright made the changes during the production. The picture took Albright a year to finish and currently hangs at the Art Institute of Chicago.
  • El Retrato de Dorian Gray (1969): A telenovela produced by Televisa
    Directed and produced by Ernesto Alonso
    Starring Enrique Álvarez Félix as Dorian Gray
  • Dorian Gray, also known as The Evils of Dorian Gray or The Secret of Dorian Gray (1970)
    Directed by Massimo Dallamano; screenplay by Marcello Coscia; Massimo Dallamano and Günter Ebert
    Starring Helmut Berger as Dorian Gray; Richard Todd as Basil Hallward; Herbert Lom as Henry Wotton; Marie Liljedahl as Sibyl Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1973) (made-for-television)
    Directed by Glenn Jordan; screenplay by John Tomerlin
    Starring Shane Briant as Dorian Gray; Charles Aidman as Basil Hallward; Nigel Davenport as Henry Wotton; Vanessa Howard as Sibyl Vane
    This film, which was presented as an entry in the ABC network’s Movie of the Week series, was produced by Dan Curtis, who was previously the creator/producer of the ABC afternoon daytime Gothic soap opera Dark Shadows, which featured a storyline clearly inspired by Wilde’s novel, in which a portrait of Quentin Collins aged grotesquely while Collins himself remained youthful. Made virtually immortal by the portrait, Collins, a man born in 1870, turned up at his ancestral home one hundred years later using the pseudonym Grant Douglas, the initials of which (though reversed, perhaps so as to avoid being too obvious) may have been a nod to the character of Dorian Gray.
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (1976) (made-for-television)
    Directed by John Gorrie; screenplay by John Osborne
    Starring Peter Firth as Dorian Gray; Jeremy Brett as Basil Hallward; John Gielgud as Henry Wotton; Judi Bowker as Sibyl Vane
  • Le Portrait de Dorian Gray (1977)
    Directed by Pierre Boutron; screenplay by Pierre Boutron
    Starring Patrice Alexsandre as Dorian Gray; Denis Manuel as Basil Hallward; Raymond Gérôme as Henry Wotton; Marie-Hélène Breillat as Sibyl
  • The Sins of Dorian Gray (1983) (made-for-television)
    Directed by Tony Maylam; screenplay by Ken August and Peter Lawrence
    Starring Belinda Bauer as a female Dorian Gray; Anthony Perkins as Henry Lord
    This version sees Dorian Gray as an actress who becomes immortal while an audition tape she made ages for her.
  • Dorian, also known as Pact with the Devil (2001)
    Directed by Allan A Goldstein; screenplay by Peter Jobin and Ron Raley
    Starring Ethan Erickson as Louis/Dorian; Malcolm McDowell as Henry Wotton; Amy Sloan as Sibyl
  • Dorian (2004)
    Written and Directed by Brendan Dougherty Russo
    Starring Andrew Vanette as Dorian Gray; Stephen Fontana as Basil Hallward; Michael Multari as Henry; Danielle Matarese as Sibyl Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (2004)
    Directed by David Rosenbaum; screenplay by David Rosenbaum
    Starring Josh Duhamel as Dorian Gray; Rainer Judd as Basil Ward; Branden Waugh as Harry Wotton (Lord Wotton is referred to as Harry and Henry in the novel); Darby Stanchfield as Sibyl Vane; Brian Durkin as James Vane
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (2006)
    Directed by Duncan Roy; screenplay by Duncan Roy
    Starring David Gallagher as Dorian Gray
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray (2007)
    Directed by Jon Cunningham; screenplay by Jon Cunningham and Deborah Warner
  • The Picture (of Dorian Gray) (2009)
    Directed by Jonathan Courtemanche; script by Neal Utterback
    Starring Hanna Dillon, Lawrence Evans, and Miles Heymann
  • Dorian Gray (2009)
    Directed by Oliver Parker; screenplay by Toby Finlay
    Starring Ben Barnes as Dorian Gray; Ben Chaplin as Basil Hallward; Colin Firth as Henry Wotton

Dorian-Gray-2009-full-movieAnd, dear reader, if you’ve followed us this far, we direct you to the 2009 version (mentioned last in the list). Though it stars Colin Firth, a fine actor in his own right, we share this with you to show just how ugly Dorian has gotten over time… how ugly the “Picture” has become since first adapted in movie form.. The film is a loud and (unintentionally) hideous Hollywood meatloaf of a movie… filled with cgi effects, overblown “action” sequences and apparently lacking all measure of artistic distance – or merit for that matter – from the literary work. Watch it, linked here,at your own peril.


Art is Life, “Painting is Loving.”




The artist is the creator of beautiful things. To reveal art and conceal the artist is art’s aim. The critic is he who can translate into another manner or a new material his impression of beautiful things.
The highest as the lowest form of criticism is a mode of autobiography. Those who find ugly meanings in beautiful things are corrupt without being charming. This is a fault.

Those who find beautiful meanings in beautiful things are the cultivated. For these there is hope. They are the elect to whom beautiful things mean only beauty.

There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written, or badly written. That is all.

The nineteenth century dislike of realism is the rage of Caliban seeing his own face in a glass.

The nineteenth century dislike of romanticism is the rage of Caliban not seeing his own face in a glass. The moral life of man forms part of the subject-matter of the artist, but the morality of art consists in the perfect use of an imperfect medium. No artist desires to prove anything. Even things that are true can be proved. No artist has ethical sympathies. An ethical sympathy in an artist is an unpardonable mannerism of style. No artist is ever morbid. The artist can express everything. Thought and language are to the artist instruments of an art. Vice and virtue are to the artist materials for an art. From the point of view of form, the type of all the arts is the art of the musician. From the point of view of feeling, the actor’s craft is the type. All art is at once surface and symbol. Those who go beneath the surface do so at their peril. Those who read the symbol do so at their peril. It is the spectator, and not life, that art really mirrors. Diversity of opinion about a work of art shows that the work is new, complex, and vital. When critics disagree, the artist is in accord with himself. We can forgive a man for making a useful thing as long as he does not admire it. The only excuse for making a useless thing is that one admires it intensely.

All art is quite useless.



Silvia Percussi an artist from Pistoia exhibits her “Legami Particolari – Particolari Legami” – a series of “rational and contained” paintings and collages – at the Museo Ugo Guidi, in Forte dei Marmi. Enrico Dei curates the show.

The opening reception is this Saturday, the 29th of March, at 5:30pm, at MUG.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Silvia Percussi
“Legami Particolari – Particolari Legami”
From the 29th of March to the 30th of April, 2014
By Appointment
Via M. Civitali 33
Forte dei Marmi
Tel. 348 3020538
museougoguidi@gmail.com http://www.ugoguidi.it

Also on view at the Logos Hotel during the hours of 5pm to 7pm, Saturdays, and 11am to 1pm on Sundays. Starting mid April the show hours are from 10am to 11pm everyday.

Philippe-Daverio-Photo-Luca-Giarelli)Philippe Daverio, who heads this years’ jury (photo by Luca Giarelli, from Wikimedia)

The Fondazione Henraux announced the names of the members of the Jury – and those of the “Accademici” – for the second edition of the Foundation Henraux International Sculpture Award, which takes place in July, this summer.

The deadline for the submission of projects has also been extended until March 30th, see below for links to the entry forms.

The Jury is headed by the noted Italian art historian, Philippe Daverio, and is made up of: Paolo Carli, President of Henraux Spa and the Fondazione Henraux, the journalists Chiara Beria di Argentine and Michele Bonuomo, by the gallerists Daniele Pescali and Stefano Contini, by the artists Arnaldo Pomodoro, Novello Finotti, Gianluigi Colin and Fabio Viale, who won the 2013 Fondazione Henraux Award.

The Commission of “Accademici dell’Altissimo” includes: Giuseppina Panza di Biumo and Rosa Sandretto, art collectors, by the Designer Betony Vernon, by the architects Franco Raggi, and Luca Scacchetti, the journalist Marco Carminati, the designer and gallery ownera Rossana Orlandi, the Director of Ottagono Aldo Colonetti, by the artists Mimmo Paladino, Park Eun Sun, Pinuccio Sciola, Renzo Maggi and Gianni Manganelli, by Giovanna Bernardini, Councilperson in charge of “Politiche culturali, educative e scolastiche” of the Comune di Carrara, by Jean Blanchaert, gallerist and artist, by Dakin Art, Senior Curator of The Noguchi Museum – New York, and Daniele Crippa, President of the Museo del Parco di Portofino.

Paolo Carli, President of Henraux Spa and of the Fondazione Henraux stated: “The Fondazione Henraux Award is the the only prize in the world awarded for the tradition and work of marble in the various fields of sculpture, design, and architecture. It’s an Award offered to all artists from the world over, and their works will be produced by the Fondazione Henraux with marble from Monte Altissimo.”

The prize will be awarded to three finalists – young artists “under 45″ – and is dedicated to the memory of Erminio Cidonio, who brought famous modernists to work in marble in the 60s and 70s. There will be three finalists who will have their projects executed in marble from Monte Altissimo by the Foundation.

The Accademici will select the 20 projects by the 5th of April, and the Jury will select the three winning projects, at their meeting on the 15th of April.

The winners will have the opportunity of spending a residency at the Foundation, during which time they’ll produce their projects with the aid of state-of-the-art technology and help from master artisans. The award is open to Italian and international artists under 45.

The entry form PDF is linked here.

We also link to the English-language page on the Fondazione Henraux website, with details, here.

Previously on Art is Life:

Call for Entries: ____________ 2014 Henraux Foundation Award – In memory of Erminio Cidonio ____________ Second edition



Gustavo Aceves, Mexican sculptor, who now lives and works in Pietrasanta, rides onto the city’s main Piazza with “Lapidarium” – an exhibition of his recent work, which will unfold, in four phases, over the next months.

Acevs’ Horses are fragments of our shared past, mythic, elusive, and even shocking. The exhibition has been designed specifically for the Piazza and the Chiostro of Sant’Agostino, the city’s main exhibition spaces. The schedule is as follows: This Saturday, the 22nd of March starts phase one: MARE MORTO – the opening reception is Saturday at 7pm, in the Chiostro. Phase two, MARE NOSTRUM starts the 18th of April, phase three: MARE ROSSO starts on the 17th of May, and finally: MARE NERO, on the 24th of May.

The exhibition of Horses -which sometimes carry fragments of bodies, and not warriors – will continually evolve over the show’s run. Sculptures will be added incrementally, leading up to the exhibition’s climax, which will take place on Pietrasanta’s Pier, in May.

For months, Gustavo Aceves has worked in the city’s artistic laboratories, with some of the best Artigiani the city has, to produce his Horses; some are in bronze, some iron, some in resin, each unique, yet part of a greater dreamlike whole.

The opening reception is this Saturday, the 22nd of May, 2014 at 7pm.

Gustavo Aceves
From the 22nd of March, to late May, 2014
In the Church and Cloister of Sant’Agostino
Hours: From 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 7pm, closed Mondays.
FREE and open to the public.

There will be a press conference earlier on Saturday, where Gustavo Aceves will be celebrated by Pietrasanta’s Mayor, Domenico Lombardi, along with the Mexican Ambassador Miguel Ruíz-Cabañas Izquierdo, along with Francesco Buranelli, secretary of the Pontificia Commissione per i Beni Culturali della Chiesa. The film directors José Botaya and Alfonso Cuarón, wil also be present. And also on hand will be the Artigiani Carlo Barsi, and Adolfo Ugolini, with members of the show’s technical team: Stefano Rossi and Vincenzo Bramanti.

Previously on Art is Life:

Gustavo Aceves exhibits his corpus of mythic fragments in Pietrasanta




“Takaaki Terahara (寺原 孝明 Terahara Takaaki?), known professionally as Julius Arnest “J.A.” Caesar (born 6 October 1948), is a Japanese film and theater music composer.[1] Seazer enjoyed popularity among students in Japan during the 1960s, and worked closely with director Shuji Terayama and his theater Tenjo Sajiki until Terayama’s death (besides incidental music, he wrote a few full-fledged rock operas for Tenjo Sajiki, including Shintokumaru). He is a member of the theatrical company Experimental Laboratory of Theatre ◎ Universal Gravitation (演劇実験室◎万有引力 Engeki-Jikkenshitsu Ban’yū Inryoku?), better known as just Ban’yū Inryoku. He gained notoriety closer to the mainstream by writing songs for the anime Revolutionary Girl Utena, and has also composed the score to the animated film adaptation of Suehiro Maruo‘s manga Mr. Arashi’s Amazing Freak Show (also known as Midori or Shojo-tsubaki).”

From Wijipedia, linked here.



Marco Cardini exhibits more of his 3D-viewable artwork in his herbalist’s shop, the “Ortica” – “Erboristeria nell’Arte, Arte nell’Erboristeria” (Herbs in Art, Art in the Herbalist’s Shop) is the motto of his shop, on Via Stagio Stagi.

Art doesn’t live only in galleries and museums in Pietrasanta. Marco Cardini exhibits his work, the product of three years’ worth of reasearch, in his herbal medicine shop.  The artwork can be appreciated both as painting and as “light sculpture” because one can don the red-and-blue 3D glasses – available at the shop – to see layered dimensions of light and space.

The opening reception is this Saturday, the 22nd of March, 2014 at 6pm.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

Marco Cardini, Pietrasanta based artist shows at “Opera Prima” group exhibition in Savona


On the sculpted heels of the David with an assault rifle “Work of Art,” comes another “Italian Masterpiece” – this time the gun-maker is Beretta and the artwork shamelessly defaced for profit … er, the … well, Italian Masterpiece “improved” is Leonardo’s Mona Lisa.

We have not heard of any “blow back” from the Italian Cultural Elite – the folks that were so offended by the modified David. But we expect that they aren’t too pleased here as well. We’re getting a bit blown away by the banality of it all – it’s getting a little boring, so we won’t add more – not even link to the publicity-hungry gun-makers’ website, so you’ll have to do a bit of research on your own, before you can run out and buy your own “70/90″ rifle.

(Thanks Frits, for sending this in!)

Previously on Art is Life:

The David trades his slingshot for an assault rifle – Italy is dismayed, shocked, outraged … well, offended!


Maria Gamundi’s “Selene” pictured here at night, during last’ week’s full moon, in Kettle Pond, Virginia. The sculpture was a commission for the Newport News Public Art Foundation. Maria Gamundi is a Venezuelan artist who lives and works in Pietrasanta.

Visit Maria Gamundi’s website, linked here.

The photo is by Jerry Gammon.

Previously on Art is Life:

Maria Gamundi, Pietrasanta based sculptor showcases “Selene,” her latest monumental sculpture in the Piazza ____________ Pietrasanta Sculpture, 2013


Man loves to … mess with his environment, and sometimes the result is a horrible catastrophe… and sometimes monstrous. The young artist Enrico Franchi, who hails from Rome, sets out to expose through his art the negative outcome of some of said … messings with“Transumanza” is the title of his one-person sculpture exhibition at the Sala Grasce in Pietrasanta, and it chronicles the artists distaste for the social and anthropological mutations that come out of man’s irresponsibility.

Franchi’s installation features a herd of miniature genetically-modified cattle – about 70 bronze cows grazing on a two-meter wide table covered with salt. On the sides of the room, larger bronze cows mutate, from the paradoxical, to the surreal and ending in abstraction.

The artist casts all of the bronzes himself, tapping into his knowledge and experience as jeweler.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

The opening reception is this Friday the 21st of March, 2014 at 6pm.

Enrico Franchi
From the 21st of March to the 21st of April, 2014
Sala delle Grasce
Hours: Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 1pm and from 4pm to 8pm.
FREE and open to the public.


Yes, the City of Art gets an App… the press materials call it “a window always open” on Pietrasanta (and not only Pietrasanta, but the whole surrounding Versilia area. There was a presentation led by Alessandro Balbusso, President of “Le Botteghe di Pietrasanta” this week, which detailed the App’s features.

Through the App – which is available for smart-phones and tablets – one can get listings of events, suggestions of where to eat, tips on special shopping deals, and last-minute sales events.

The App, which is aimed at residents and tourists will be free – the App is scheduled for release on June 1st, and participation by any art-related concern (galleries excepted) is free. Commercial endeavors will pay a yearly fee of 100 euros – which the developers say will be re-invested in Pietrasanta.

For more information, and to be a part of the App, you can contact Alessandro Balbusso at lebotteghedipietrasanta@yahoo.it. You can also visit Le Botteghe di Pietrasanta’s fb page, linked here, for the latest developments in the run-up to the App’s release.

The photo above is a simulation… a little like Beatlemania… the photo in the tablet is from Wikimedia.

We have very little info – and no images (!?) – to go with this post… but we know that there’s a group exhibition of photographs by the Associazione Obbiettivo Pietrasanta which takes place at the Palazzo Panichi for the next month.

The opening reception is this Saturday, the 20th of March, 2014 at 6pm.

Visit the Associazione’s fb page for more info, linked here.

Associazione Obbiettivo Pietrasanta
“Uno per Uno”
From the 22nd of March to the 21st of April, 2014
Palazzo Panichi
Piazza Duomo
Hours: From 4pm to 7pm from Tues to Sun.
FREE and open to the public



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