The Art Colony begins on May day with
MAB (Licia Filingeri),
Ingbert Brunk, and
Chris Solomi on exhibition.
MAB is already
known to Grazian-Archive visitors through her masterful characterizations
of the prose of Alfred de Grazia's "Forty Stases and Theses on World
Government" in acrylic paintings.
Details of several of Pietro's work also have found their way into the
Grazian Archive. Licia and Pietro are located at Genoa, Italy. Synopses
of their life and careers are carried on the Archive as well. Their productivity
is large and they have gone almost without publicity and promotion beyond
Genoa, where they are well known. (We must except recent Ezra Pound cycle
of Pietro feted at Rapallo, a 'hoot 'n holler' down the road from Genoa.)
The Grazian Archive is the first considerable exposure of their work.
In time, more elaborate biographies and analyses of their art will be
contained on the screens of the Art Colony. Old friends of the de Grazia's
, the two artists collaborated in various endeavors of times past to stimulate
interest in Primeval Sculpture. The basic volume on the subject was produced
and published by Pietro, and is going to be presented as an adjunct to
his contemporary productions.
THE ART COLONY
Brunk works and lives in an enormous studio of the old
Ursaline school planted in the medieval kastro of the Island of Naxos, Greece,
not far from the peninsula of Stylida where Alfred and Ami de Grazia dwell.
When in Germany, his homeland, he is usually to be discovered in the town
of Hargtsheim. Ingbert's projects begin with a wandering over the beaches,
mountains and quarries of Naxos in search of the most beautiful natural
stones he can find. Most, but not all by any means, are of marble, in the
varying patterns and colors that marbles assume. Their size may vary from
a hundred centimeters to two meters in girth. Their weight may vary from
15 kilos to 150 kilos. The artist conveys them then by donkey or truck to
the path below his studio and then by enlisted manpower up the steep long
flight of steps to his workplace. There he contributes the further shaping
and sculpturing that fashions and completes their beauty and significance.
is English of Cypriote descent who spent years in Naxos and has taken
up permanent quarters for his sculpture at Pikermi, a farming community
near Athens, neighboring upon the estate of Joan Winant Vanderpool, friend
of Alfred and Ami de Grazia and former mother-in-law of Dr. Catherine
de Grazia Vanderpool, American Director of the American School of Classical
Studies in Athens and daughter of Alfred de Grazia. (By the way, she figures
importantly in the War Letters of
JILL AND AL ,q.v. on the Archive.)
Chris works in marble and metals. His bronze figure pictured here was
carved and cast for an Australian businessman who has placed this sculpture
in a garden North of Chicago, and has obtained and emplaced several other
pieces of Chris elsewhere. Additional pictures of Solomi's work will be