The American sculptor Ron Mehlman is awarded the XXIV “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo” Prize.The prize is given to sculptors whose achievements, both personal and artistic, deserve celebration, and whose art has shined a light on Pietrasanta, and its standing, as one of the premiere centers of sculpture in the world.
Mehlman was feted las Sunday, in a ceremony that saw him awarded the “Cavalletto” – or artisan work-bench, in the Chiostro di Sant’Agostino. The artist was toasted, in a crowded room, by Domenico Lombardi, the Mayor of Pietrasanta, Salvatore Settis, noted art critic, his wife, Janice Mehlman, and many friends and colleagues.
Ron Mehlman arrived in Pietrasanta in 1980. He spends a part of each year working in his studio and in Pietrasanta’s laboratories. The New York-born artist’s illustrious carreer spans 50-years – he was Nathaniel Kaz’s assistant in the late 50s, in 1962 he takes his first trip to Europe; in 1963 he obtains his “Master of Arts” at New York University.
Visit the artist’s website, linked here.
The “Pietrasanta e la Versilia nel mondo” Prize is given out by the Fratelli Rosselli Foundation, together with the Comune di Pietrasanta. Since 1991, the prize has been given to artists who, through their art, have promoted Pietrasanta and its centuries-long artistic traditions to the world.
We direct you to the Fratelli Rosselli website, for more information, linked here.
The photo above is by Henryk Hetflaisz, whose website is linked here.
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