Seeking Joy

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Riccardo Gusmaroli, maps, boats, wind vortices -Man and his Travels

Man must travel in fact he needs to travel; by his own means not through the images or tales, video, TV or books of others. Man must do this himself, see things with his own eyes, through his own eyes and walk it with his feet otherwise he will not understand who or what he is. Fighting the cold allows him to enjoy the heat; planting his own trees gives those trees the highest value. Experiencing distance and lack of shelter will allow him to feel comfort under his own roof.

Man and the journey taken or wished he had?

Man must travel to places he does not know shattering the ignorance causing him to see the world as he imagines it and not as it truly is. This is what will make us experts of what we have yet to see. To become students again and just go out and see with our own senses.

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Italian Sales Pushing the Auction Houses

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Sold at Christie’s

The auction houses of Italy for Italian contemporary art were multifaceted in the times before the summer 2012 closures. The market went from two to sixteen auctions, from 37% to 90% sold and gross sales went from 2.5 million Euros to over 10 million Euros. Five out of eight improved the winning bid closings. Castellani’s “Superficie Blue,” 1990, 100×80 valued at 160 thousand Euros sold at 120 thousand. A still life by Morandi, 1955 oil on canvas, 30×40, valued at 550 thousand to 750 thousand Euros, sold for 736.150. Santomaso’s oil on canvas, “Dalla parte della Meridiana,” 195×130 valued at 90-130 thousand Euros, sold for 156.250 thousand. Lastly, Cremonini’s “La Mosca Cieca,” 1963-64, oil on canvas 130×195, valued at 30-40 thousand Euros, sold for 96,720.

Burri                  1988, Acrylic, pumice on celotex 150x202cm                  330,000

Castellani         1976, extroversion 80x60cm                                              120,000

Santomaso         1956, 195x130cm, oil on canvas                                     125,000

Vedova         1954, 144x190cm, egg tempera canvas                                250,000

Balla                  1981, 127x79cm         pastels, ink, pencil paper               265,000

Balla                  1920, Sculpture, 50x34x10cm                                           110,000

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Christie’s Italian Sale in October of 2012 achieved £18,162,650 or $25,526,640 or €19,831,008. It was 96% sold by value. The top price was paid for Piero Manzoni‘s Achrome realising £2,617,250 ($3,680,000 to €2,858,900). Four lots sold for over £1 million  and six for over $1 million. Five artist records were set for works by Fausto Melotti, Vettor Pisani, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Paola Pivi and Arnaldo Pomodoro.

Spring sales results will be posted as soon as the data is available.

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Art, from the Beginning of Time

There is no better way to escape the world than through art and yet, it is also the most secure and strongest link to the world.

Our ancestors invented art over 35,000 years ago but it was an art meant to communicate and was devoid of religious codification. The extraordinary images of Altamira and Lascaux, the same that made Picasso exclaim, “After Altamira all is decaying,” or those other exceptional figures carved into wood and stone by the aborigines and prehistoric peoples were not just simple decorations but a means to communicate with the spiritual forces, points of contact between life and death of this world and the unfathomable world beyond.

In this perspective, strongly negated by a more materialistic than spiritual modernity, art was and has remained the only human invention that brings from the physical world to the eternal empire, a mystery coinciding with art itself.

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Piero della Francesca

 

Every art critic or curator should center their research and conjecture in an expressive direction and precise philosophy. The curator for Just Art works around two themes, Beauty and Tradition in the new,  modern-day times. Beauty is not meant just as an esthetic factor but as an ethical and spiritual category, courier of the mystery that sends us back to the original enigma of heaven invoked by our ancestors. Tradition of the new, an oxymoron, is a fundamental characteristic in all art, of all times and particularly, in Italian art.

Through the centuries the shapes used to represent reality have always been the typical bodies, objects, and landscapes but always transfigured by artists into eternal images, loaded with a strong force and new emotions, yet always renewing.

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Believe it or not, this was done over 500 years ago and looks as contemporary as art produced today. This is the history and tradition of art.

Thus, grand masters of our times join the young or old emerging and established artists and may begin their journey accompanied by traditions without time yet supplied with contemporary sensibility with Just Art Gallery.

Studies Abroad

ImageThursday the 16th is Gallery Night. We are replacing the conceptual and abstract works with figurative works and these will be available for two weeks when we will be again changing the exhibit to display the latest works from Luciano Bellet arriving this week.

The links below go along with our focus and goal of fostering art abroad and that means both ways, from the US to Italy and from Europe to the United States. In fact, we are organizing for next summer a few art studies here in Providence with visiting artists from Italy so stay tuned.

http://www.acadweb.wwu.edu/eesp/template/studyabroad/home_italy.shtml and this is another link to art studies in Florence. http://santareparata.org/

One of the reasons we believe studies abroad are crucial to artistic development is for the same reason we chose Italian art, the fact that historically, Italy has contributed so much to the European art world and consequently to the world. Living abroad for just a few months is not enough time for one to absorb and immerse oneself into the minutiae of all the art contained not just in museums but also on the streets of all of Europe. Every building and corner and door is a work of art and finding a way to give the brain an overload of everything that inspired our ancestors is crucial to becoming the artist that lies within. “One must un-learn in order to make room for the poetry, that works of art were just a sum of errors.” Riccardo Schweizer

Lest we not forget, that an education is one thing but, an education obtained via museums, travels and living in Europe and abroad will stimulate the artist to un-learn, leaving room for the expression within.

Why Choose Contemporary Italian Artists?

ImageJust Art has been queried many times about its focus on Modern and Contemporary Italian Artists. The gallery response is based on both fact and the historical depth pertaining to all the arts, Italy has one of the world’s richest art heritages in fact, according to UNESCO, Italy is home to 60% of all the art in the world and 30% of that resides in Florence. Italy also has the greatest number of UNESCO World Heritage sites, 47 of them to be exact. In fact, 80% of all stolen art on a yearly basis is Italian art. The country hosts 6000 archeological sites and loses roughly a museum’s worth of art every year to thieves.

Italy experienced for more than 2000 years migrations and invasions and, was divided into many independent states. This gave Italy one of the richest art legacies in the world. The country inherited a great diversity of civilizations and with those, numerous periods of art, which are heavily patronized worldwide. Italy unified relatively late, in 1861, and because of this has an enormously rich cultural heritage made up of customs and traditions from the many regions. This allowed Italy to contribute immensely to the cultural and historical heritage of Europe.

Clearly Italians know what they are doing when it comes to art. They live and breathe 2000 years of history everyday. They walk by ancient walls, gaze upon fascinating rooftops and cupolas from their office windows or homes as an everyday occurrence. There is more “eye candy” in Italy than Miami Beach.

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Just Art has recognized this cultural heritage and is focused on promoting the unbridled artistic talent residing in Italy; art did not stop after the Renaissance in fact, art has been the cultural turning point of every decade. Nowhere in the world is there such a concentration of talent. Do we need to mention Ferrari, Alta Moda, cuisine, jewelry designing and manufacturing, the silk trade of the northern regions, architecture, comics, literature, motion pictures, music, science and technology, sculpture and visual arts?

Just Art Gallery focuses on contemporary art but includes modern Italian masters and grand masters along with their European and American artists. The goal is to make the gallery a destination experience where one can go spend the day browsing the art books and general catalogs of many of the Italian masters and grand masters while seated outside in the courtyard under an umbrella sipping an espresso or a glass of wine or even a handmade fruit soda from the Cuban Revolution. The Plant is a wonderful environment for all, not just the many artists and clothes designers who live and work there in fact, that was one of the many reasons the gallery decided to open its doors at The Plant, it is a cultural hub for art.

June Calendar

June 13th – June 23rd Oxygenation
by Andrea Viviani Reception – June 13th 5pm – 9pm
The artist is about spontaneous architecture, without rails, without roads or constraints, between utopia and play. He is made of suspended fairytales, shadows, light, color and passing time and one can see the influences of our great masters, Picasso, Roger Capron, Riccardo Schweizer and Bruno Saetti throughout his pieces. He re-sculpts the surface with the ever-breathing Viviani colors, leaving us in our own vibrating vortex of color and pleasure.
His early works clearly show the ideogram of cubism translated into modern day language and his ceramic sculptures reflect Capron’s talented use of color, biomorphic shapes using bright and colorful glazes as well as difficult raku techniques. Viviani is the master joker as if in a fairytale or comic book, irony, reality and energy all dressed up in the surreal.
“Remember, the work of art is a sum of errors. Just paint!” Riccardo Schweizer
Viviani was born in Tione (a town nestled in the mountains of Trento Italy), July 17th, 1970. He did his university studies at Venezia as well as in Trento where he graduated with a degree in political science, 1997. From 1994 to 2004 he shared his artistic interests through a profound friendship with artist Riccardo Schweizer. Upon the advice of Schweitzer, in 2001 he moved to Vallaurise, France to apprentice in the atelier of Schweizer’s good friend, Roger Capron (who was a very close friend with Picasso). In 2002 he opened his own studio in Madonna di Campiglio where he formed connections with art galleries, architects and designers. From January 2007 he worked with Il Sole 24 Ore, publishing elaborated photos and images of his works for the section, “Project Manager.” As of today, his works can be found in the Museum of Ceramics of Cielle di Castellamonte, Torino and at the Keramik Museum Westerwaldmuseum of Hohr-Grenzhausen, Koblenz, Germany.

Art & Sangria Please mark your calendars for our next Art & Sangria that will be May 31st.

May Exhibits

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Abstract & Conceptual Art – Italian, European and American artists.

This collective exhibits works from Just Art’s collection of artists. These talented well established, grand masters and emerging artists have created strong works that embrace abstract and conceptual art in its purest form. The works display color and form and material to support the subject of the abstract painting. Some of these works are purely geometric while others are more fluid and, some are representations of emotions or a spiritual experience where detail is eliminated from discernable objects, leaving the viewer with just the essence or in some cases, some measure or visible form.

Many conceptual art works set out to be controversial, seeking to challenge and probe us about what we tend to take as, given in the domain of art. In fact, this aspect of inducing argument and debate lies at the very heart of what it is trying to do, namely to make us question our assumptions about what may qualify as art, and the function of the artist as well as, what our role as spectators should involve, and how we should relate to art. Conceptual art can cause frustration or displeasure, proposing difficult and sometimes annoying questions, and that is precisely what conceptual art tries to do. In reacting strongly to conceptual art we are, playing right into its hands.

These artists deploying different techniques such as, Minimalism, Installation, Performance Art and so forth, seek to re-interpret what Pop artists presented in a disorganized manner without any foundation in art theory. By defining the concept of an object in various ways, and through linguistic presentation and written explanations, they have questioned the very essence and nature of art, its mental and imagined aspects being of no consequence.

The works on display are strong in a language and concept, going beyond the surface into two dimensions to find the implied right and wrong in each of us. The works presented are from the most current and popular artists in Italy. One of our latest discoveries from the United States joins the Italian team expressing his talent in a mental process of creating what is true and false in the messages of reality.

Prior to Opening Doors, Art Stolen

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Before Just  Art could get the doors formally open, someone took 4 works of art. One was a wood mosaic by Ugo Nespolo and the others were three separate acrylic synopie by Tino  Stefanoni. These works have been reported to the artists so there can be no replacement of the certificates of authenticity. It is a sad day in America when you have to watch your back every second of every day, what a lovely welcome to Rhode Island for Just Art Gallery.