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Tonight at 9pm, at the headquarters of the Partito Democratico in via Reggia 68, in Viareggio, there’s a public assembly on the agenda, and the topic is the controversial new “PaeSaggioToscana” … the new Environmental Plan. Many of the provigions in the plan have rubbed the quarries operating in the Carrara marble region of Italy, but recently also the wine-makers of the Chianti region have been raising their own opposition to the Plan.

The new Plan will be “presented” to the citizens; Ardelio Pellegrinotti, Regional PD Councillor and Secretary of “Ambiente e Territorio” and Iva Ferrucci, President of the PD Regional Council.

The topics are expected to include only how the Plan affects the Viareggio region of Tuscany – but we would not be surprised to hear that … more will be discussed.

 

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Ebi de Boer, exhibits works in marble, wood and bronze in her hometown of Emden, in Ostfriesland, in Northern Germany. The exhibition, at the town’s old mill, the Johanna Mühle, is titled “Res Mira” after the variable star first discovered by Frisian astronomer Fabricius in 1592. The show features sculptures, installations, prints … and poetry.

Ebi de Boer’s work is a meditation on the sublime, a philosophical ode, in marble and bronze, to living – and love. She has lived and worked in Pietrasanta for 25 years.
The exhibition which runs through the 21st of September, 2014. will be accompanied by talks by academics and concerts of music.

An “Arteperitivo” with the artist is scheduled for Saturday the 20th
of September, 2014 at 6pm.
The closing reception is Sunday, the 21st of September, 2014 at 5pm.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.
Visit the artist’s blog, linked here.

The show is produced by the Emder Mühlenverein and is sponsored by the Emder Kultürburo, and the City of Emden.

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Ebi de Boer
“Res Mira”
Sculpture and Poetry
Until the 21st of September 2014
Vrouw Johanna Mühle
Emden
Germany

Previously on Art is Life:

Ebi de Boer, Pietrasanta based sculptor charts the Multiverse, in Poetry and Stone ____________ Pietrasanta Artists & Sculptors, 2013

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As “The City and the Water” workshop draws to a close, “The City and the Water” opens as an exhibition of the works and projects produced during the course of the month-long international workshop – at the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, in Pietrasanta.

The opening reception is a day-long affair featuring talks … and more ART.  It is tomorrow, Sunday, the 14th of September, at 10:30am.

The workshop’s Director, Roberto Pierini together with João Nunes (Scientific Director), Adolfo Natalini and Alessandra Capanna will discuss the projects that have been produced by the workshop. They will evaluate, together with the workshop participants, the general direction of, and actual execution of the projects, some of which have been produced with the technical intervention of the “I 2 Luoghi” open laboratory.

Domenico Lombardi, Pietrasanta’s mayor will kick off the opening reception together with Rossano Forassiepi, the city’s Director of Urban Planning, Antonio Bartelletti, the President of CAV, and Alessandro Romanini, the Artistic Director.

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

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“The City and the Water”
From September 14th to 19th of September, 2014.
Chiostro di Sant’Agostino
Pietrasanta
Hours: from 9:30am to 1pm and from 7pm to midnight.

Previously on Art is Life:

“The City and the Water” workshop examines architecture, art and design for the Marina di Pietrasanta waterfront

#art #architecture #design #exhibitions #pietrasanta #thecityandthewater #workshop

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Pinuccio Sciola is an artist and teacher – he is famous for his “sound Stones” sculptures that when touched … make sounds.

He is one of the participants in this year’s “The City and the Water” Workshop in Pietrasanta.

Visit his website, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

“The City and the Water” workshop examines architecture, art and design for the Marina di Pietrasanta waterfront

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From the Wikipedia article on magic lanterns: ” … There has been some debate about who the original inventor of the magic lantern is, but the most widely accepted theory is that Christiaan Huygens developed the original device in the late 1650s. In the fifteenth century, however, Giovanni Fontana, a Venetian engineer, had already created a lantern that projected an image of a demon. And other sources give credit to the German priest Athanasius Kircher. He describes a device such as the magic lantern in his book Ars Magna Lucis et Umbrae. There are possible mentions of this device associated with Kircher as early as 1646. Even in its earliest use, it was demonstrated with monstrous images such as the Devil. Huygens’s device was even referred to as the “lantern of fright” because it was able to project spooky images that looked like apparitions. In its early development, it was mostly used by magicians and conjurers to project images, making them appear or disappear, transform from one scene into a different scene, animate normally inanimate objects, or even create the belief of bringing the dead back to life.

In the 1660s, a man named Thomas Walgensten used his so-called “lantern of fear” to summon ghosts. Such uses of this early machine were not uncommon. In fact, a common setup of the machine was to keep parts of the projector in a separate, adjoining room with only the aperture visible, to make it seem more magical and scare people. By the 18th century, use by charlatans was common for religious reasons. For example, Count Cagliostro used it to “raise dead spirits” in Egyptian masonry. Johann Georg Schröpfer of Leipzig used the magic lantern to conjure up images of spirits on smoke. Schröpfer later went insane, thinking he was pursued by real devils, and shot himself after promising an audience he would later resurrect himself.

Read the rest of the article, linked here.

(via Magic Transistor)

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Gabilotte Lanzrath is a Berlin architect and sculptor who has spent many years in the Carrara Mmarble region. She participated at the Sculpture Workshop “C,C & C” in the eighties. Her exhibition “Marmostein + Eisen” features her portraits of the quarry workers.

Lanzrath states: “In the 80s I had the opportunity to participate at the “C,C & C” sculpture workshop in one of the more beautiful quarries of the Apuan Alps. I had promised myself that I would return one day to give homage to the men who through their daily work shape this grandiose and chaotic white marble landscape. In 2006 I was lucky to live, for a few days, with the group of workers of the Cava n. 123, “Belgia Bassa” and at Cava n. 121, “Novella A” and at the Cava n.26, the “Fossa del Lupo.” The portraits in “Marmorstein + Eisen” are the result of my stay and are my personal homage to the marble men of Carrara.”

The opening reception is Sunday, the 14th of September, 2014 at 2pm.

Ingo Schneider will speak on “C,C, & C – Calcite, Cultura, Carrara” at 3pm.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Gabilotte Lanzrath
“Marmorstein + Eisen”
From the 14th of September to the 25th of October, 2014
Gallery Girasole
Centro Arte Monte Onore
Lochmühlenstrasse 8
Kriebstein OT
Ehrenberg

Visit the Centro Arte Monte Onore’s website for more info, linked here.

 

“Walter Ruttmann’s Lichtspiel Opus I premiered in Germany in 1921, the first abstract film to be publicly screened. In the film, Ruttmann mastered the technical means to realise his abstract imagery in film. He patented his particular technical methods in 1921. William Moritz provides an interesting description of his method: ‘[Ruttmann's] first animations for Opus No. I were painted with oil on glass plates beneath an animation camera, shooting a frame after each brush stroke or each alteration because the wet paint could be wiped away or modified quite easily. He later combined this with geometric cut-outs on a separate layer of glass’.” (Jennifer Valcke, Static Films and Moving Pictures: Montage in Avant-Garde Photography and Film, p173)

From Avant Garde Cinema, on Vimeo.

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Previously on Art is Life:

“Le Streghe” (The Witches) (Franco Rossi, Luchino Visconti, Mauro Bolognini, Pier Paolo Pasolini and Vittorio De Sica, 1967, Full Movie)

“Whoever says the truth shall die” A film about Pier Paolo Pasolini (in Italian, with English subtitles)

“The Gospel According to St. Matthew” – Pier Paolo Pasolini (1964 Full Film)

Intrecciarte-Watercolors-Pietrasanta-Arte

“Watercolors” is the title of an “eco-social” art exhibition, by Luca Gnizio, a Pietrasanta-based artist who works with recycled materials, and evening event to benefit the Fondazione Nuove Sorgenti, whose aim is to dig drinking-water wells in Africa.

The evening is produced by Intrecciarte Art Gallery and the Spazio Elena Berton. Suzanna Stewart will speak. The cost is 25 euros and the total evening’s take will go to the Fondazione Nuove Sorgenti.

The benefit art-show and evening is TONIGHT, the 13th of September, 2014 at 7pm.

Visit Luca Gnizio’s fb page, linked here.

Visit the Fondazione Nuove Sorgenti’s website, linked here.

Luca Gnizio
“Watercolors”

Tonight, the 13th of September, 2014
Intrecciarte Art Gallery
Via Barsanti 50,
Pietrasanta
Cost: 25 euros – to benefit Nuove Sorgenti foundation.

 

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LABottega in Marina di Pietrasanta starts a new cycle of exhibitions called “Autumn Issue.” The first exhibition “Stand Still” is by photographer Costana Mansueti; it chronicles her voyages to North America – the 25 photos are dark winter compositions of places in the US and Canada.

Mansueto records snow-covered countrysides, and uninhabited buildings and also crowded New York cityscapes. Gnesi’s “Carnage” exhibition is made up of 20 black and white still-lives.  Mansueti’s “Stand Still” exhibition goes until the 5th of October, and is followed by Nicola Gnesi’s “Carnage” exhibition.

The opening reception of “Stand Still” is the 14th of September, 2014 at 6pm.

The opening reception of “Carnage” is the 11th of October, 2014, at 9pm.

Visit Costanza Mansueti’s website, linked here.

Visit Nicola Gnesi’s website, linked here.

“Autumn Issue”
Costanza Mansueto “Stand Still”
From the 14ty of September, to the 5th of October, 2014
Nicola Gnesi “Carnage”
From the 11th of October to the 2nd of November, 2014.
LaBottega
Viale Apua 188
Marina di Pietrasanta

Visit the LaBottega’s website, for more info, linked here.

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Blanka Bernasconi is a Carrara-based sculptor who makes sinuous forms in white Carrara marble, and black Belgian marble. Her new exhibition is titled “Double Vision” and it is on view at the Scuderie Granducali, in Seravezza.

The one-person show gathers together some of Bernasconi’s latest sculptures – their polished surfaces and supple lines are a record of a very personal experience.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

Visit the Fondazione Terre Medicee website, for more info linked here.

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Blanka Bernasconi
“Double Vision”
Until the 27th of September, 2014
Scuderie Granducali
Seravezza
Hours: from Thursday to Sunday from 4 to 8pm.
FREE and open to the public.

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“Marmo in Guerra” (marble at war) is a book by photographer Paolo Maggiani, shot on the Gothic Line, the last major Nazi line of defence in the final stages of WW II, along the summits of the northern part of the Appenine Mountains. The book contains poetry, based on the photos, by Roberto Maggiani.

Cannon fire, bombings, machine gun fire, left their mark on the churches, monuments, and also on fountains in the area. These are wounds still visible on the marble surfaces and bear witness to the savagery of WW II … and to the struggles of today.

The book was presented this Summer at Marble Weeks 2014, in Carrara and also was featured at various public showings.

Visit Roberto Maggiani’s website, for more information, linked here.

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The book is published by Edizioni La Grafica Pisana, and can be ordered on Amazon, linked here.

#art, #marmoinguerra, #marmo, #marble

 

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Sculptures, vases, votive objects… shaped the ancient world, these objects actually “created” the world; to this day, in museums and galleries, they haunt our own. David Maisel describes the series: “The x-rays have been culled from museum conservation archives, re-photographed and re-worked. Through the x-ray process, the artworks of origin become de-contextualized, yet acutely alive and renewed. The series concerns the dual processes and intertwined themes of memory and excavation.”

Visit David Maisel’s website, linked here.

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We post more of David Maisel’s work “after the jump” … you can see the whole series on his website, linked here.

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Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte--Nari-WardNari Ward, in the Piazza
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“450° Michelangelo Mindcraft,” the twin exhibitions that have filled Pietrasanta’s main Piazza and exhibition spaces, as part of the city’s celebration of the 450th anniversary of Michelangelo’s death, come to a close this week.

“Shadow, Dust and the Promise of Future” and “The myth of the swing, Of Time, Beauty and Other Human Disasters” have taken up residence this Summer in the City of Art. Both exhibitions feature works by leading international art-world figures – they celebrate Michelangelo and set out to explore virtuosity and the ideal of beauty, yet the individual contemporary artists’ works are often so removed from the Renaissance master’s approach to art, or aesthetic, (and the works’ placement within the shows – and in relation to one-another seems either forced, … or haphazard) that the result is somewhat perplexing.

We think there are some standout works – we mention Antony Gormley’s human energy sculpture in the Church of Sant’Agostino, (pictured just below) and Anish Kapoor’s dizzying black monolith, in the Sala Capitolina… The list of artists showing as part of “Shadow…” includes: Marina Abramovic, Antony Gormley, Ai Weiwei, Anish Kapoor, Chen Zhen, Mona Hatoum, and Nari Ward. The list of artists showing at the CAV, on the other side of town, includes: Damien Hirst, Marc Quinn, Vanessa Beecroft, Keith Haring, Enrico Castellani, Wim Delvoye, and Louise Nevelson.

Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte--Antony-GornleyAntony Gormley, in the Church of Sant’Agostino
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Michelangelo-Mindcraft-Pietrasanta-Arte--Anish-KapoorAnish Kapoor, in the Sala Capitolina
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Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti’s blog post (in Italian) on the exhibition, to get a sense of the opening reception, linked here.

See more photos after the jump…

450° Michelangelo Mindcraft
Until the 14th of September, 2014
Piazza Duomo, Sant’Agostino,
and the Centro Arti Visive
Pietrasanta

Hours: from 7pm to midnight, Tuesday through Sunday
FREE and open to the public.

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Marta Cadonici, Carrara sculptor exhibits “Nessuno mi pettina bene come il vento” (No one combs my hair like the wind) at the Museo Ugo Guidi (MUG) and at the Hotel Logos in Forte dei Marmi,

Cadonici works marble with a graceful touch – the forms turn and twist, and the sculpture breathes, and while the effect is decidedly modern, her art is firmly grounded in classical sculpture.

“The secret of the stars, gravitation.

  The secret of the earth, layers of rock.

  The secret of the soil, to receive seed.

  The secret of the seed, the germ.

  The secret of man, the sower.

  The secret of woman, the soil.

  My secret: Under a mound that you shall never find.”

“Mrs. Sibley”
- Edgar Lee Masters

There is a second opening the 21st of September, 2014, from 5:30 to 7:30pm, as part of the Giornate Europee del Patrimonio.

Visit the artist’s website, linked here.

To see more work, and to see pictures of the opening reception, visit the artist’s fb page, linked here.

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Marta Cadonici
“Nessuno mi pettina bene come il vento”
Until the 25th of September, 2014
MUG, Museo Ugo Guidi
Via Civitali 33
Forte dei Marmi
also at:
Hotel Logos
Via Mazzini 53
Forte dei Marmi

Visit the MUG website, linked here, for more info. The show at MUG is viewable by appointment: 348 020538 or museougoguidi@gmail.com. At the Logos Hotel, the hours are from 10am to 11pm.

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“Anima Mundi” returns to Pisa this September 12th to the 27th. The series, under the artistic direction of Sir Eliot Gardiner, features five concerts in Pisa Cathedral, and two in the Camposanto… The painting above is the Madonna sotto gli organi, (the Madonna under the organs) – the closing concert, on September 27th,  is Antonín Dvořák’s “Stabat Mater” and is “dedicated” to the painting.

We print the Full Programma of “Anima Mundi, 2014,” please note that many events are already sold out.

Visit the OPAPISA (the organizer’s) website, linked here.

For more information:
Opera della Primaziale Pisana
Auditorium “G. Toniolo” Piazza Arcivescovado 11-Pisa
Tel +39 050 835029
animamundi(at)opapisa.it

“Anima Mundi, 2014″ Programma:

12-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Cattedrale
Orchestra Sinfonica Nazionale della Rai e Coro del Maggio Musicale Fiorentino
Julia Kleiter, soprano
Johan Reuter, baritono
Juraj Valčuha, direzione
TICKETS SOLD OUT

14-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Camposanto monumentale
Juditha Triumphans
Les Talens Lyriques
Delphine Galou, contralto
Christophe Rousset, direzione
TICKETS SOLD OUT

18-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Camposanto monumentale
Silvia Chiesa e Maurizio Baglini
Silvia Chiesa, violoncello
Maurizio Baglini, pianoforte
TICKETS SOLD OUT

20-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Cattedrale
Monteverdi Choir English e Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner, direzione
TICKETS SOLD OUT

23-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Cattedrale
Te Deum Laudamus
Coro “Costanzo Porta”
Anna Bessi, mezzosoprano
Antonio Greco, direzione

25-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Cattedrale
Orchestra e Coro del Mozarteum di Salisburgo “Musicacosì”
Claire Craig, soprano
Karin Torbjörnsdottir, mezzosoprano
Alexander Hüttner, tenore
Johannes Gruber, basso
Josef Wallnig, direzione
TICKETS SOLD OUT

27-09-2014 21:00
Pisa, Cattedrale
Concerto dedicato alla Madonna di sotto gli Organi
Orchestra Haydn di Bolzano e Trento
Coro da Camera Sloveno di Lubiana
Sabina von Walther, soprano
Annely Peebo, mezzosoprano
Dominik Wortig, tenore
Alejandro Marco-Buhrmester, basso
Hartmut Haenchen, direzione
TICKETS …  going, going…

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You can purchase the album (and name your price) over at Monist’s bandcamp page, linked here.

(via A Closer Listen)

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John Berger’s landmark 1972 BBC series “Ways of Seeing” became a book of the same name. We direct you to the other three episodes in the series, linked here.

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“Out Art” is the title of a group exhibition in Carrara that sets out to mine the city’s multicultural make-up and the artists who live and work in the City of Marble. The show goes until the 14th of September, in the Spazio Paretra, in Via Beccaria, 5. This is the first edition of the exhibition…

The artists are Bo Allison (USA), Sarah Atzeni (Italy), Oliviero Bertolaso (Italy), Sara Bonuccelli (Italy), Park Jung Boo (Korea), Frank Breidenbruch (Germany), Minghan Gong (China), Robert Gove (USA), Zoran Grinberg (France) Jaekyeong Kim (Korea), Monica Michelotti (Italy), Sara Millo (Italy), Vincenzo Missanelli (Italy), Franz Messer (Germany), Gabriele Mosti (Italy), Stefanie Oberneder, (Germany), Giuliano Orlandi (Italy), Silvana Pianadei (Italy), Francesco Ricci (Italy), Benvenuto Saba (Italy), Sylvie Van Den Broeck (Belgium), and Smail Zizi (Algeria).

The exhibition is produced by the cultural association Made in Carrara (MIC).
For more information call 0585 846140 or email stampadps@gmail.com

“Out Art”
Until the 14th of September, 2014
Spazio Paretra
Via Beccaria, 5
Carrara

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There’s LOTS to do and see this weekend in Pietrasanta, and Carrara… September begins with a slew of things to do, … and discover.- from “The City and the Water” workshop events to “Il Fatto Quotidiano Festival” to Con_Vivere Carrara. We list some of the appointments for this weekend of Art:

Natalini-the-city-and-the-water-Pietrasanta-arte“The City and the Water”
“L’architettura e l’acqua”
Adolfo Natalini
Sunday, the 7th of September, starting at 11am in the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino, in Pietrasanta.
Adolfo Natalini, noted architect and founder of “Superstudio” the Italian utopian architecture studio, will be the featured guest in a day-long event which also features local artists and projects.

Natalini-Fatto-Quotidiano-Pietrasanta-2014“La Festa del Fatto Quotidiano”
Saturday, the 6th and Sunday the 7th, of September.
At the La Versiliana, in Marina di Pietrasanta.
The theme of this year’s event is a hot topic… “Giustizia e le Riforme” (Justice and reforms)… we print the Festival Program, in Italian:

Saturday, the 6th of September:
11:30 | Expo: 2015 e dopo: modera Gianni Barbacetto con Antonio Di Pietro, Giuliano Pisapia, Giuseppe Sala
16.30 | Giustizia, le nuove riforme: modera Marco Lillo con Antonio Esposito, Nicola Grattieri, Bruno Tinti
18:00 | #LATRATTATIVA – Il Film: Marco Travaglio intervista Sabina Guzzanti
19:00 | Chernobyl, Abidjan, Terra dei fuochi – Ambiente distrutto, salute perduta: modera Stefano Citati con Lorenzo Galeazzi, Damiano Rizzi (Soleterre ONG), Vauro
20:15 | Le vignette di Mario Natangelo
21:30 | Fiorella Mannoia live 2014*

Sunday, the 7th of September:
11:30
| Difendiamo la Costituzione : modera Silvia Truzzi con Antonio Padellaro, Peter Gomez, Alfredo Robledo, Massimo Villone, Maurizio Viroli, Lorenza Carlassare
16:30 | Alessandro Ferrucci intervista Brunello Cucinelli
17:30 | Identikit di un ribelle: Enrico Fierro intervista Piero Pelù
18:30 | La TV ai tempi di Renzi: modera Loris Mazzetti con Bianca Berlinguer, Carlo Freccero e Enrico Mentana
19:30 | Le grandi schiforme: Marco Travaglio
20:30 | Ri-Fatto – Abbandono, degrado ed ecomostri ‘rivisti e corretti’ dall’Urban Art: Matteo Maffucci (Zero Assoluto), David Vecchiato
A seguire | PARTEC!PA alle sfide del tuo giornale con Antonio Padellaro, Marco Travaglio, Peter Gomez, Cinzia Monteverdi
21:30 | Le cattive strade* di e con Andrea Scanzi e Giulio Casale

AREA CAFFÈ

Saturday, the 6th of September:
15:30
 | “Per un paese civile” di e con Piero Nissim, accompagnato alle percussioni da David Domilici; lettura di poesie sulla legalità

Sunday, the 7th of September:
15:30
 | Presentazione libro FINE PENNA MAI di Riccardo Mannelli, modera Silvia D’Onghia

GREEN HOUSE

Mostra fotografica – Giorgio Gaber, a cura di Reinhold Kohl

For tickets and info: Tel.0584 265757 www.ticketone.it www.laversilianafestival.it

Con_Vivere-Carrara-2014Con_Vivere Carrara 2014
Saturday the 6th and Sunday the 7th of September.
The weekend-long Con_Vivere Carrara features art exhibits, music, performances on the theme of Africa, the Heart of the Planet.

The Program for Saturday the 6th is linked here.
The Program for Sunday, the 7th of September, is linked here.

The illustration at top is from MagicTransistor.

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(via MagicTransistor)

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Catherine Schofield Sezgin, writes about Elmyr de Hory, and issues of identity, in ARCAblog (Association for Research into Crimes Against Art):

“The artist who copyrighted his mind in 2003, Jonathan Keats, questions the concept of originality in his new book, FORGED: Why Fakes Are the Great Art of Our Age (December 2012, Oxford University Press). He writes a section on art forger Elmyr de Hory.

The forger most commonly known as Elmyr de Hory fabricated his name, his life story, and had so little credibility that quantifying the number of oil paintings faked is unknown even decades after his suicide in Ibiza in 1976. Keats writes:

Elmyr’s plagiarism of authentic works only served to obfuscate, confounding the identification of work he really faked. In the catalogue for a 2010 de Hory retrospective at the Hillstrom Art Museum, Irving estimated that up to 90 percent of Elmyr’s forgeries remained undetected. “Elmyr’s illegitimate masterpieces in public and private collections under the names of a number of the great Modernists may continue resting undisturbed, perhaps forever,” mused museum director Donald Myers, inadvertently echoing de Hory. (“If you hang them in a museum and if they hang long enough,” said Elmyr in F is for Fake, “then they become real.”)”

Read the rest, on ARCAblog, linked here.

Read more about Elmyr de Hory, on the Wikipedia article, linked here. Visit Elmyr’s website – which is maintained by Mark Forgy, his friend and protégé – linked here.

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Previously on Art is Life:

“F is for Fake” (Orson Welles, 1973, Full Movie)

“Artful Codgers” the amazing story of an improbable gang of art forgers, the Greenhalghs

Pietrasanta’s CAV, the Centro Arti Visive offers a Masters in the Detection of Art Forgery

Renaissance masterpiece or fantastic forgery? Foundation “unveils” second Mona Lisa, amid controversy

This just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa confirmed, by new tests, as a true Leonardo! … – er, wait, THIS just in: Isleworth Mona Lisa scientific findings debunked as “nonsense;” painting back to dubitable status

Fake Modigliani heads get a Museum of their own – thirty years after the controversial hoax

“Modigliani” forged …again! Arrested president of the artist’s Archive – artwork worth 6,650,000 euro seized

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There are a few days left yo visit Joseph Sheppard’s haunting “The Horrors of War” exhibition in Pietrasanta. The exhibition, features paintings and drawings; it traces some of the most (in)famous massacres of WW II. It is a sad ode to human cruelty.

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Visit the artist’s website, linked here.
Visit the Museo dei Bozzetti page devoted to him, linked here.

From top to bottom: Massacre of Sant’Anna di Stazzema, The Firebombing of Dresden, The Bataan Death March,and the Katyn Massacre. The photos of Joseph Sheppard’s works, reproduced here, are featured in the catalog accompanying the exhibition, which is produced bt Grafiche Gelli, Florence. We direct you to their website, linked here.

Previously on Art is Life:

Joseph Sheppard, American painter, sculptor exhibits “The Horrors of War” in Pietrasanta

 

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