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Giovanni DeCunto: Pioneering Expressionist

Giovanni DeCunto (photo ©Nicola Orichuia)

Giovanni DeCunto realized he could live with his art at the tender of age of 12, when the mother of one of his best friends bought a painting for $35. “I thought I had a million dollars!” he recounts. Hailing from Lawrence, Mass., where his grandparents moved from outside Naples, the 67-year-old artist has come a long way since the days of selling art for a few bucks. Regarded as one of the nation’s leading expressionists, works by DeCunto can be found today in prestigious collections at the Smithsonian in Washington, D.C., the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the ...

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Glass art maestro Lino Tagliapietra comes to Boston

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When: Public Opening Saturday, May 14, 2016 Where: Schantz Galleries: ProjectSpace-Boston is located at 211 Newbury Street, Boston. If you put the chunk of avventurine glass in a solid form on the table, you can see it is a beautiful piece of glass – a beautiful material… then to transform this beautiful material into a sculpture is sometimes more challenging – not only because of the difficulty of working with the material technically, but because it is so beautiful by itself. That is why it is difficult to approach. This month, Schantz Galleries will be presenting an exhibition of works ...

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Save Venice Lecture Series continues at Chilton Club (Apr. 26)

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When: Tuesday, April 26, 2016 – Cocktails at 6:30 p.m.; lecture at 7 p.m. Where: The Chilton Club — 152 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA Even living in Venice for five years and curating major exhibitions of Venetian art does not necessarily prepare one to introduce the visual majesty of La Serenissima to non-Western viewers. Save Venice Boston’s Apr. 26 talk at the Chilton Club, led by the MFA’s Chair of Art of Europe Frederick Ilchman, will explain the curatorial choices behind a large exhibition, opened in September 2015, at the MFA’s sister museum in Nagoya, Japan. 617-266-4860 | www.savevenice.org Lecture Series ...

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Richard Aliberti: The North End’s Artistic Soul

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The North End is a place full of history and — nowadays — restaurants, but upon closer examination it is also a neighborhood full of art and culture. Anyone who has ever glanced up to take in the bronze statues or plaques that adorn one of the country’s finest Little Italies will have encountered the skillful hand of Richard Aliberti, an artist that has been in and out of the neighborhood for the past three decades, but who has left a lasting impression on it. “I wasn’t expecting to make a living off of art,” he explains as he thinks ...

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REGALI Artists Residency at MassArt

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When: Wednesday, February 24, 7:00 – 9:00 PM Where: The Godine Gallery, MassArt, 621 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA 02115 The Godine Gallery at Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) invites you to the opening reception of REGALI, an exhibition born out of a reciprocal Boston-Sicilian artist residency centered on the community of Favara, Sicily, and the culture of the gift, during an intense two-week residency in July of 2014. The exhibition features the collaborative work of American and European resident artists ranging from photography, video, and installation to performance and interactive media. This collective of artists from Europe and ...

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Hiding in plain sight: Remembering Sacco and Vanzetti in the heart of Boston

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August 23 marks an important anniversary in the history of Massachusetts. It was on this day, in 1927, that Nicola Sacco and Bartolomeo Vanzetti were executed after being convicted for the death of two people during an armed robbery in South Braintree. I’m not bringing up this symbolic date to shine a light on the history of what happened. Many have done so before, and the story is so complex we would need a book to explain it all. What I do want to focus on, though, is what is left in our modern day metropolis to commemorate what happened ...

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Boston MFA welcomes Leonardo Da Vinci

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The Renaissance is coming to the Museum of Fine Arts! Starting April 15, Boston’s MFA will host for two months an intimate exhibition featuring drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. Titled “Leonardo da Vinci and the Idea of Beauty,” the exhibition’s centerpiece will be the study of an angel, which art historian Sir Kenneth Clark has called “the most beautiful in the world.” Leonardo da Vinci’s accomplishments in art and science find their common ground in his drawings, into which he poured the full fervor of his intelligence and creative powers. Throughout his career, the Renaissance master experimented with various types ...

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Lisa Borgiani Brings her Branded Art to Boston

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Italian artist Lisa Borgiani was recently hired by Cambridge-based CliniWorks to come up with a visual inspiration for the technology company. Mixing photography and painting, the Verona native captured the company’s core mission of digitizing clinical records by creating strings of data that weave into a spiraling tunnel. “It all comes to form a circle, the symbol of life,” said Borgiani. A few years back, the artist launched her “LuminousBrand Soul” project, in which she tries to encapsulate a company in a work of art. For more on Borgiani and her work, visit www.lisaborgiani.com.

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Roman in the Provinces: Art on the Periphery of Empire

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Opening February 14, the Boston College exhibit presents a vast array of textiles, inscriptions, sculpture, glass, coins, and pottery from the 2nd–6th century to explore the lives and experiences of people living in the provinces through evidence gleaned from their material culture.

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Peter Sugar Publishes “Impressions of Italy”

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Peter C. Sugar’s latest book “Impressions of Italy” is the best way to dive into the country’s rich culture and stunning landscapes through the eyes of an architect. After obtaining his master’s degree in Architecture at MIT, Sugar lived and worked in Italy for eight years, during which he honed his skills in drawing with hundreds of pen and ink ketches of houses, churches, piazzas, gardens, bridges, beaches, ruins and famous landmarks. “I carry a sketchbook with me whenever and wherever I am traveling,” says Sugar. “Impressions of Italy” is a collection of over 100 of the author’s drawings from ...

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Lucia Bellotti Combines Art and Fashion in ‘Van Vogue’

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Winchester-based artist Lucia Bellotti recently brought to life her new concept “Van Vogue,” combining pictorial art and fashion. Alongside her artistic partner Gabriella Ruggieri, Bellotti displayed several paintings featuring models and Vogue magazine covers at Runway Couture Boutique in Winchester. Real life models were also present at the event, showing off dresses captured on canvas by the native of Bari, Puglia. “We are currently working on the second edition of Van Vogue, to be held this summer at Martha’s Vineyard,” says Bellotti. The exhibition’s name, she likes to point out, was an idea of her husband, drummer and Berklee College ...

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Abstract artist Ellen Rolli

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Ellen Rolli and her husband had just returned from a two-week vacation in Italy, where they split their time between the cities of Florence and Venice. It wasn't intended as a work trip for Rolli, who is a painter, but when she returned to her South End studio, it just happened – images of Italy appeared on her canvases.

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