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"Venice: Inspiring Artists in Italy and California"
2005-08-11 until 2005-09-10
Los Angeles, CA,
USA United States of America
The original in Italy and its counterpart on the coast of Southern
California have aroused some of the world's most important artists. From
Tintoretto and William Turner to Ed Ruscha and Frank Gehry ĊEthe light, the
color, the water, all have informed a creative production as unique as it is
enchanting. First stimulated by the discourse and artistry of the Funace
degli Angeli in the mid-1950s (a collaboration partly inspired and organized
by Peggy Guggenheim, between the glass masters of Murano and artists such as
Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Max Ernst, and others), the Galleria Vetro e
Arte in Venice and GrossArt with PHARMAKA in Los Angeles have embarked upon
an artistic exchange between these two cities well beyond the scope of the
Meant to investigate this incomparable sense of place
through a variety of media (oil and canvas, mixed media and board, metal and
glass), new works and collaborations from this on-going project will be
exhibited in both Venice, Italy, and Los Angeles, California, starting the
Summer of 2005. From Los Angeles, glass designed by Richard Birt, an
innovative new glass sculpture born of the collaboration between Shane
Guffogg and Pino Signoretto, paintings and collaborations with Chris
Cousins, Shane Guffog, John Scane and Vonn Cummings Sumner; from Venice the
paintings of Gino Baffo and Valter Paties, and the glass mastery of Mauro
Bonaventura, Pino Signoretto.
PHARMAKA is a Greek word that means to paint or an artist's colors.
It also means a poison or remedy. The name was chosen because its
roots are in ancient Greece,the cradle of Western civilization, and
it speaks to the duality inherent in all things.
The PHARMAKA Gallery has been incorporated as non-profit, and will
also include exhibitions that might otherwise fall into the void
between commercial Galleries and Museums. Respected curators and a
variety (including internationally acclaimed artists) will be
invited for curatorial collaborations.