Thursday, September 09, 2010

Venice: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection - Adolph Gottlieb

VENICE: The Peggy Guggenheim Collection.  The Peggy Guggenheim Collection as seen from the Academia Bridge at dusk.  In 2010, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection celebrates its 30th anniversary with a series of meetings and events, looking ahead with the spirit of openness and innovation that has always characterized the last dogaressa, Peggy Guggenheim.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection: Adolph Gottlieb – A retrospective.   The exhibition, until January 9th, 2011, surveys the art of the American artist, Adolph Gottlieb (1903-1974): from his initial paintings of Surrealist influence, to his expressionist and abstract works. The popularity of Gottlieb derives from his invention of a visual language more basic and universal than written language, purged of symbols with historical precedents. His Pictographs are images of what appear to be archaic symbols in irregular grids; his Bursts and Landscapes are symbols of cosmic and universal, as well as uniquely aesthetic value. The show includes sketches, prints and sculptures and was curated by Luca Massimo Barbero.
Above: Imaginary Landscape, 1969 – oil on canvas.

The painter. A photograph of the artist, Adolph Gottlieb in his studio on 23rd Street in New York City, circa 1956.

The curator.  The curator of the Adolph Gottlieb exhibition, Luca Massimo Barbero enjoys a glass of prosecco at the opening party.

A sculpture. The exhibition also includes a selection of Gottlieb’s sculptures, made from coloured cardboard and presented in the company of the cosmic images that inspired them.
Above:  A model of the sculpture called, Negative, 1968, acrylic on cardboard.

Seen at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.   Super stylist, Sergio Colantuoni and P.R., Raffaella Cosma who also has a wonderful doggy blog called, Lou and Mi.

What we drank.  The San Pellegrino bubbly water had specially designed labels by Missoni with their signature zig-zag pattern.
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