Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Venice - Scala Contarini Del Bovolo - Antonio Dei Rossi - Contemporary Figurative Murrine

  "The murrina, a tradition of Venetian glass art, becomes an artistic process in the work, going beyond its own exceptional nature to become a language, a break from the decorative process that have come to life in history."

Scala Contarini Del Bovolo 
Antonio Dei Rossi - Contemporary Figurative Murrine 

In the unique setting of the Scala Contarini del Bovolo, during The Venice Glass Week, the opening of Antonio Dei Rossi - Contemporary Figurative Murrine - until October 12 - who is the last maestro glassmaker engaged by the noble and traditional art of the murrina. On show are the artist's latest creations together with some of his most iconic masterpieces, presented to highlight the intertwined pattern between art and design.  Antonio Dei Rossi'concept is applied to the murrina as a simple tool or a decorative item set in a precious metal frame, or exposed as art installation or a conceptual piece of art.
Polifemo - 2023

The Venetian born artist lives between Treviso and his studio on the island of Burano. Glass is the main material of his work.  Since he was a child he followed his father, Mario Dei Rossi's work in the furnace and in 1999 began to realize his first works in murrina treasuring the experience and trade secrets inherited from him.  After having taken possession of the technique, Antonio Dei Rossi decides to praise the murrina, and goes beyond the usual conclusion of the operational process by conceiving original design works and jewels that enhanced it, or artistic ways that intensified its uniqueness.  His work - murrina - is no longer an end in itself, rather it becomes a vehicle, a means of artistic and conceptual development.
Antonio Dei Rossi

"The art of murrina is a precious technique of 
Venetian glass culture 
and I proudly remain one of the last heirs to this great tradition."

Thousands of glass filaments are combined to compose a design - like the pixels that build an image - in thickness. Subsequently the obtained composition is melted and pulled so that the image is reduced to a spectacular miniature: an operation that I have been performing in Berengo furnaces for years. The rod bearing the images cut in order to obtain a limited seventeen series of miniatures, each to be considered a unique work due to the slight variations that the processing and passages between but to the states of the matter confer.
Lombata - 2018

Lumache - 2021

The technical complexity of the murrina in Bug is used to give life to the installation. Its various defects or unfinished parts transform into metaphor: it is an unfinished process a partial gestation. The work is cruel. It highlights the interruption of a long and difficult process of creation and the subsequent alienation that springs from such a disruption. The cynical communication is amplified by the vicious liquid that surrounds the bodies, bringing back an organic value to the operation.  The murrina, a tradition of Venetian glass art, becomes an artistic process in the work, going beyond its own exceptional nature to become a language, a break from the decorative process that have come to life in history. The artist’s work forges thought as well as matter with a continuous exchange between conceptional value and artisan virtuosity. 
Bug - 2019

Reliquia - relic - which from a religious and abstract aura becomes earthly, is loaded with sin and sweat and expresses itself in the ambiguity of the readings - the fetish collar in leather with steel studs replaces the representation of celestial radiation. The heart of the work - the murrina - inside the small glass case is supported by a silver cross, which is again an allusion between function and symbolic representation, ambiguous where the essence is placed at the centre.
Reliquia - 2023

Coltelli - earings - 2019

Hidden Jewel of Venice
Scala Contarini Del Bovolo

 Text  Source - Thanks To
The Venice Glass Week
Berengo - 30 Years in Glass - a cura di Adriano Berengo 
Published by - Electra

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Wednesday, September 20, 2023

The Venice Glass Week - Beatrice Burati Anderson - Fango Fuoco Fiori - Judi Harvest - Exhibition + Party Photos

  Beatrice Burati Anderson - Art Space and Gallery
Fango Fuoco Fiori - Mud Fire Flowers 
 An exhibition of Art  - Judi Harvest 
Party Photos 
During The Venice Glass Week, Beatrice Burati Anderson presented, in its' double venue of its Venetian gallery -  Fango Fuoco Fiori - Mud Fire Flowers - until November 26 - the solo exhibition of Art and Glassworks by American artist Judi Harvest. In the Calle de la Madonna venue a display of three large-scale oil paintings, as well as five recent encaustic paintings. In the Corte Petriana space a number of videos on the artist's work are exhibited, as well as, a series of glass works and the neon installation that gives the exhibition its title.

Judi Harvest is a multifaceted artist with extraordinary energy, originally a classically trained abstract painter, who for the past thirty-five years has lived and worked between New York and Venice, her city of choice, where her cherished themes related to the fragility of the ecosystem and beauty have found one of their best expressions in glass art. 
Judi Harvest

To get a broader idea of the importance of Judi Harvest's work, one must consider the motivations behind it.  Since 1988 her glass works have taken shape in the furnace of Murano maestro Giorgio Giuman in Sacca Serenella. There over time  she has comes into contact with the wonder and precariousness of the balance of the lagoon environment and the problems associated with the survival of glassmaking. She is also a beekeeper and has always been particularly sensitive to environmental issues and sees a similarity in the need for and ways of protecting both.

The coincidence between mastery of work and half a century of commitment to environmental protection culminated in a true miracle when in 2013 the artist felt the need to transform a forgotten field behind Giorgio Giuman's glass factory into EdenThe creation of the magical Bees Garden, where an exquisite limited edition honey is produced, is an incarnation, on various levels, of a true ethical masterpiece, the care of which is carried on by the artist in parallel with her prolific activity as a painter and glass sculptor. Master glassmakers, beekeepers, gardeners and local people, from Murano, Venice and the hinterland, have been involved by her on crucial issues of pollination, through the power of Art. 

Gallerist Beatrice Burati Anderson crosses the Rio della Madonetta connecting the two venues - for the opening party - only via the - BARTA = Boat - ART - Anderson  boat with guests Sylvie Mettal and Antoine Merlaut.

Nadja Romain

Alexander Vethers and Marta Sforni

Marco Giuman

Fabrizio and Carla Plessi with Chico

Judi Harvest
Beatrice Burati Anderson - Calle de la Madonna 1976 - venue

Judi Harvest
Beatrice Burati Anderson - Corte Petriana - venue

Judi Harvest
Beatrice Burati Anderson - Corte Petriana - venue

Grazina Subelyte

Chiara Mazzoleni and Daniela Ferretti

Alexandrine de Mun

Victoria Diaz de Santillana and Pamela Berry

Marco Parmeggiani

Judi Harvest
Beatrice Burati Anderson - Corte Petriana - venue

Judi Harvest

Judi Harvest
Fango Fuoco Fiori
Beatrice Burati Anderson - Corte Petriana - venue

Judi Harvest and Manfredi Bellati

Laura Onofri with Biondina, Lucia Mulas and Antonia Tazzi

Sandy Solmon

Beatrice Burati Anderson and Alexander Anderson

Fabio Marzari

Roger de Montebello, Alberto Nardi, Beatrice Burati Anderson, Laura Onofri
Marta Nardi

Pierre Higonnet

Peggy Milleville and Evelyn Korsch

Jacque Pellerin, Angelica Ferrant, Bret Roberts and Peggy Milleville

The neon installation that gives the exhibition its title
Fango Fuoco Fiori

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Sunday, September 17, 2023

The Venice Glass Week - Special Mention - Premio Fondazione di Venezia - Caterina Tognon - Self-Portraits - Lilla Tabasso and Xavier F. Salomon: Omaggio a Rosalba Carriera

 Premio Fondazione di Venezia - Special Mention
Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea  
 Self-Portraits - Lilla Tabasso and Xavier F. Salomon: 
Omaggio a Rosalba Carriera

On the occasion of the Seventh Edition of The Venice Glass Week, Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea presented the publication Self-Portraits Lilla Tabasso and Xavier F. Salomon: Homage to Rosalba Carriera - until November 4 - a project by Caterina Tognon and Claudio Spini, for which the Jury of the Premio Fondazione di Venezia assigned a Special Mention.

Lilla Tabasso and Xavier F. Salomon

The volume presents works by lampwork artist 
Lilla Tabasso inspired by the last, superb self-portrait of the famous painter Rosalba Carriera - Venice - 1673 - 1757 - which is housed at the Gallerie dell'Accademia. The glass works are accompanied in the publication by a text by Xavier F. Salomon, which is composed of different botanical elements such as the laurel - which, in the painting, encircles Carriera's head - the variety of rose known as Alba - hence, the name Rosalba - and the lilac - Tabasso's favourite flower. To accompany the book presentation, the gallery exhibits six new works by Lilla Tabasso.

 Copyright G.A.V.E. archivio fotografico - courtesy Ministero della Cultura  
Galleria dell' Accademia di Venezia

"She painted her own portrait with
a garland of leaves. When she was 
asked what it meant, she answered
that is was Tragedy and that Rosalba
would end tragically, as she did in
Anton Maria Zanetti 
Remembers Rosalba Carriera

Rosalba Carriera - Self Portrait  - Venezia 1745c.
Galleria dell' Accademia di Venezia

"When the doctor's harsh sentence
threw me into the dark, he assigned
to me the narrow space that my body 
will occupy in the tomb."
Casetta Rossa  - 1916

Lilla Tabasso and Caterina Tognon

Nozomi and Akira Hara

"They know I like flowers but only
those that do not cost much. It has
now been two months that my room
is always a garden, and now is the
time of small carnations.  I always
have dozens of wonderful ones, and
if you had them, you would take
advantage in painting them."
Dusseldorf - 14 July 1714

Xavier F. Salomon
Peter Jay Sharp Chief Curator at the Frick Collection of New York

Lilla Tabasso, 
Jean Blanchaert and Fabio Zonta

Antonia Miletto and Caterina Tognon

"When, on a too bright morning,
she realized that the time had come
for her to fade, she resolved to take
leave of the world so that men would
not witness the deterioration and 
collapse of her celebrated beauty.
Perhaps the sympathy of things that 
disintegrate and fall into ruin kept her in Venice."

La Foscarini talks to Stelio about
Radiana, Countess of Glanegg,
 known for her legendary beauty.
Venice January 1883

Carla Alvera and Daniela Ferretti

Paola Marini

 Barry and Patricia Friedman

Cristina Beltrami and Fonzie

Lilla Tabasso
Omaggio a Rosalba Carriera

Please Note
Text - courtesy - The Venice Glass Week
Quotes - courtesy - Caterina Tognon Arte Contemporanea
Self-Portraits Lilla Tabasso and Xavier F. Salomon: Homage to Rosalba Carriera 


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