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Sensual Form

Francesca Vannucci

THIS IS HOW WE WANT TO LIVE… SURROUNDED BY CONSTANTIN BRANCUSI’S OBJET D’ART, MOVEMENT AND EMOTION IN BEAUTIFULLY SCULPTED FIGURES.  A GLIMPSE INTO HIS STUDIO IN THE 15TH ARRONDISSEMENT, PARIS, HOME TO THE ICONIC ABSTRACT SCULPTURES, AND TO THE RIGHT, ONE OF HIS MORE CONTROVERSIAL PIECES - A PORTRAIT OF PRINCESS X.

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Brancusi 1

THE SENSUAL FORMS AND EMOTIONAL EXPRESSION OF BRANCUSI. ART THAT CHANNELED “THE ESSENCE OF THINGS.” 

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Brancusi 2

A LANDSCAPE VIEW OF BRANCUSI’S STUDIO…

Brancusi Landscape

Brancusi Landscape

Tadao Ando

Francesca Vannucci

A CRUCIFORM IS CUT THROUGH 15 INCHES OF CONCRETE, EASTERN LIGHT ILLUMINATES THE MINIMALIST SPACE. SELF TAUGH JAPANESE ARCHITECT TADAO ANDO IS KNOWN FOR CREATING STRUCTURES THAT WORK IN HARMONY WITH THE LANDSCAPE, INCORPORATING ELEMENTS OF NATURE, LIKE LIGHT, CREATING SPIRITUAL HOMES FOR WORSHIP AND TRANQUILITY.A MASTER OF SPACE AND LIGHT, HIS CREATIONS ARE BUILT ON THE CONCEPT OF ZEN AND SIMPLICITY – ONE OF HIS GREATEST WORKS IS THE CHRISTIAN 'CHURCH OF LIGHT' IN IBARAKI, JAPAN.

Tadao Ando
Tadao Ando

THE ARCHITECTURAL PROFESSOR

Francesca Vannucci

CARLO SCARPA WAS ONE OF ITALY'S MOST BELOVED, AND UNCONVENTIONAL, ARCHITECTS. BELOW, ONE OF HIS MOST BEAUTIFUL CREATIONS, THE ENTRANCE TO THE FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE, INSPIRED BY AN ANCIENT ISTRIAN STONE DOOR. SCARPA DESIGNED A REPETITIVE THEME OF STEPPED RELIEF THROUGHOUT THE COURTYARD, UTILIZING THE ORIGINAL DOOR AS A GROUNDING CENTER PIECE. 

MADE FOR THE ACT OF ‘ENTERING’, THE SHALLOW RELIEF OF THE WALL CREATES AN ILLUSION OF MOVEMENT FOR THE VIEWER. A DEEPLY SENSITIVE ARTIST, WHO UNDERSTOOD THE POWER OF HISTORY AND ITS PLACE IN A MODERN WORLD, SCARPA’S ABILITY TO INCORPORATE THE ANCIENT DESIGN IN A SURPRISINGLY MODERN WAY IS THE KEY TO HIS BRILLIANCE AND LEGACY. 

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architecture venice

A MODERN CUBE STRUCTURE, CLEAN LINES AND LUMINOUS PLASTER WALLS, SIMPLY FRAMED IN STEEL WINDOWS – CREATED BY CARLO SCARPA TO HOUSE ANTONIO CANOVA’S NEOCLASSICAL SCULPTURE. 

A PERFECT JUXTAPOSITION OF CONTEMPORARY DESIGN AND CLASSICAL ART…

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museum

HIS MOST ICONIC MASTERPIECE, THE BRION CEMETERY, WAS A COMMISSION FOR GIUSEPPE BRION AND HIS WIFE IN 1968. THE PROJECT IS SOME OF SCARPA’S MOST CAPTIVATING AND EXPRESSIVE WORK.

A CIRCULAR MOTIF, HARMONIOUS THEME THROUGHOUT BRION, IS VISUALLY ICONIC, RECALLING JAPANESE DESIGN, THE BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY OF WABI-SABI AND INCORPORATING THE POWERFUL USE OF SPACE. A PRESENCE OF WATER IS A NOD TO SCARPA’S VENETIAN ROOTS. 

Brion
Brion

CHARACTERISTICS OF BUDDHIST PHILOSOPHY WABI-SABI: BEAUTY IN IMPERFECTIONS, ASYMMETRY, SIMPLICITY, ASPERITY, AUSTERITY AND INTIMACY. 

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wabi sabi

Slashing...

Francesca Vannucci

IN 1947, ARGENTINE PAINTER LUCIO FONTANA CREATED A MOVEMENT CALLED SPATIALISM. AHEAD OF HIS TIME, HE ENVISIONED COLOR, SOUND, SPACE AND MOVEMENT COMING TOGETHER IN ONE COHESIVE ARTISTIC EXPRESSION. USING THE MORE TRADITIONAL FORM OF PAINTING, FONTANA DEVELOPED AN UNUSUAL TECHNIQUE OF SLASHING HIS CANVASES. THE PIERCINGS ARE INTENDED TO BREAK THE TWO DIMENSIONAL NATURE OF A PIECE, AND DRAW ATTENTION TO THE SPACE BEHIND THE PAINTING. Fontana

Catching Dreams...

Francesca Vannucci

A NATIVE AMERICAN LEGEND, THE DREAM CATCHER WILL FILTER OUT BAD DREAMS AND ONLY ALLOW GOOD THOUGHTS TO ENTER YOUR MIND. CALIFORNIA JEWELRY DESIGNERS JERRY FELS AND CURTIS FREILER APPLIED THEIR TECHNIQUE FOR DELICATE METAL WORK TO HOME DESIGN UNDER THE MONIKER C. JERE. THEIR WORK IS HAVING A RESURGENCE IN POPULARITY, AND THE INTRICATE DESIGNS HAVE BECOME COVETED COLLECTIBLES.

Curtis Jere - Dream Catcher

 

 

The Science of Art

Francesca Vannucci

PRECISION AND OPTICAL ILLUSION IN VICTOR VASARELY’S GRAPHIC OP ART. A FEELING OF MOVEMENT AND SHIFTING PERSPECTIVE IN ITS ABSTRACT GEOMETRY. VV 3_Fotor

VASARELY BELIEVED THAT SCIENCE REACHES THE LIMITS OF WHAT CAN BE EXPLAINED, AND THROUGH ART HE COULD MAKE IT VISUALLY COMPREHENSIBLE.

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A GAME OF SHADOW AND LIGHT IN SOME OF THE EARLY WORKS OF VICTOR VASARELY… HE EXPLORED THE POPULAR STYLES OF SURREALISM AND CUBISM BEFORE DECLARING THEM A ‘FALSE ROUTE’.

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MATHEMATICS, ARCHITECTURE AND ART COLLIDE IN THE WORK OF AMERICAN ARTIST SOL LEWITT AND HUNGARIAN VICTOR VASARELY. THE SIMILARITIES ARE UNDENIABLE - MODULAR FORM, THE SIMPLE OPEN CUBE, AN ESSENTIAL ‘BUILDING BLOCK’ FOR SOME OF THEIR MOST ICONIC CREATIONS. THE STRUCTURES VARY IN SIZE, SHAPE AND MATERIALS, BUT BOTH ARTISTS WERE DEVELOPING THEIR TECHNIQUES DURING THE SAME PERIOD, AND BECAME PIONEERS OF A MODERN, DIGITAL AESTHETIC.

SOL LEWITT AND VV_Fotor

“THE NARRATIVE OF SERIAL ART WORKS MORE LIKE MUSIC THAN LIKE LITERATURE.” ~ SOL LEWITT

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Louise Bourgeois

Francesca Vannucci

ONE OF THE MOST INFLUENTIAL FIGURES IN 20TH CENTURY ART, LOUISE BOURGEOIS CHANNELED ALL THE CONFLICTING FORCES OF FEMININE NATURE INTO HER WORK. INTIMACY AND POWER, INTENSITY AND TENDERNESS, HER SCULPTURES WERE EMOTIONAL EXPRESSIONS OF SENSUALITY.

LOUISE BOURGEOIS AND SCULPTURE

IN THE LATE 1990’S LOUISE BOURGEOIS CREATED MAMAN, THE LARGE SCALE SPIDER SCULPTURE THAT BECAME HER MOST FAMOUS WORK. A TRIBUTE TO HER MOTHER, IT IS, AT ONCE, DELICATE AND OMINOUS, PROTECTIVE AND FEARSOME. THE SPIDER THEME FIRST APPEARED AS A DRAWING IN 1947… 

“THE SPIDER IS A REPAIRER. IF YOU BASH INTO THE WEB OF A SPIDER, SHE DOESN’T GET MAD. SHE WEAVES AND REPAIRS IT.” ~ LOUISE BOURGEOIS 

MAMAN COLLAGE

HER BODY OF WORK CONTAINS A PASSION FOR PSYCHOLOGY, WITH CREATIONS THAT DEPICT A COMPLEX TAPESTRY OF EVOCATIVE MEMORIES.

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NINO CARUSO

Francesca Vannucci

BEAUTIFUL IN BLACK OR WHITE… AN ACCOMPLISHED ARTIST WHO EXPLORED THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN ARCHITECTURE AND CERAMICS, TWO ABSTRACT SCULPTURES BY SICILIAN CRAFTSMAN NINO CARUSO. A LIFELONG SCHOLAR OF HIS CRAFT, CARUSO HAS A DEEP UNDERSTANDING FOR THE RICH HISTORY OF CERAMICS. FROM STUDIES OF EASTERN PRACTICES TO MODERN AMERICAN TECHNIQUE, AND EVEN THE ANCIENT TRADITION OF MAJOLICA, CARUSO’S WORK IS A REFINED AND MODERN, TIMELESS AND ELEGANT. IN GLAZED BLACK GUNMETAL OR MATTE WHITE - AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARK MODERN.

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Henry Moore

Francesca Vannucci

ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS BRITISH ARTISTS OF THE 20TH CENTURY, MODERNIST SCULPTOR HENRY MOORE IS KNOWN FOR MASSIVE SEMI-ABSTRACT CREATIONS. SENSUAL STUDIES OF THE HUMAN FORM, RECLINING FIGURES AND BEAUTIFULLY BARE FACES ARE SIGNATURES OF THE ARTIST. Henry Moore 1_Fotor_Collage_Fotor 2

HIS PROCESS FOR DEVELOPING THE LARGE SCALE WORKS INVOLVED CREATING MINIATURE MAQUETTES, SOME SMALL ENOUGH TO FIT IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND, LIKE OUR STUNNING SET OF HENRY MOORE FACES. MOUNTED ON A LUCITE STAND, SERENE BEAUTIES THAT ARE TINY, TREASURED COLLECTIBLES.

ANOTHER OF MOORE'S TINY MASTERPIECES. AVAILABLE THROUGH ROARKmodern.

Henry Moore

SUGAR BABY

Francesca Vannucci

“A Subtlety - The Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World." Domino 5_Fotor

ARTIST KARA WALKER HAS BEEN A FAVORITE FOR YEARS, BUT HER LATEST SHOW ‘A SUBTLETY’ AT THE DOMINO SUGAR FACTORY IN BROOKLYN, BLEW US AWAY WITH ITS IMMENSE SCALE, POWER, INTELLECT, AND THE COMPLEX LAYERS OF SYMBOLISM AND MEANING.

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THE MAGNITUDE AND PRISTINE BEAUTY OF WALKER’S SPHINX IS INSANE. A SUGAR COATED GIANTESS THAT IS A POWERFUL REMINDER OF OUR HISTORY.

Domino 9_Fotor

THE DOMINO SUGAR FACTORY, BUILT IN 1882, WAS, AT THE TIME, THE LARGEST SUGAR REFINERY IN THE WORLD. THE GIGANTIC STRUCTURE THAT STRETCHES 10 STORIES HIGH IS A MONOLITH RELIC OF AMERICANA, AN AMAZING CONSTRUCTION IN BRICK AND STEEL. THE RUSTED METAL WALLS STILL DRIP WITH MOLASSES…

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DOMINO DONATED 160,000 LBS. OF SUGAR TO THE MAKING OF THE SPHINX. KARA WALKER’S ‘SUGAR BABY’ IS ONLY ON DISPLAY UNTIL JULY 6TH, THE NEW YORK TIMES HAS MORE INFORMATION ON THE EXPERIENCE, NOT TO BE MISSED.