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I corsi estivi di Umberto Giovannini a Montefiore Conca.

Dal comunicato stampa/From the press release.

SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2012

Castello di Montefiore Conca – Rimini – maggio – settembre 2012
Castle of Montefiore Conca – Italy – May – September 2012



INCISIONE A BASSO IMPATTO AMBIENTALE
PRINTMAKING WITH LOW ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT

COSTRUZIONE PER IL TEATRO E LA FIGURA
THEATRE SCENERY AND FIGURE CONSTRUCTION


MAGGIO – MAY 2012

Incisione – Printmaking
Xilografia policroma 1: Camaïeu
Color woodcut 1: Camaïeu
by Umberto Giovannini, 25-27 May
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

GIUGNO – JUNE 2012

Teatro – Theatre
Puppets
by Brina Babini, 15-17 June
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Teatro – Theatre
I burattini di legno
Carved wooden puppets
by Brina Babini, 18-23 June
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Teatro – Theatre
Commedia dell’arte e guarattelle
Commedia dell’arte masks and guarattelle
by Tap Ensemble, 25-30 June
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

LUGLIO – JULY 2012

Teatro – Theatre
Animatori d’ombre
Shadow theatre
by Anusc Castiglioni, 2-7 July
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Incisione – Printmaking
Bulino su rame 1: livello avanzato
Burin on copper 1: advanced level
by Jürgen Czaschka, 2-6 July
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

Incisione – Printmaking
Incisione policroma sperimentale
Coloured multi-plate prints
by Ann Norfield, 9-13 July
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

Teatro – Theatre
Stop-motion e musica
Stop-motion and music
by Coke Riobòo, 9-14 July
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Incisione – Printmaking
Xilografia giapponese
Japanese Woodblock
by Wuon-Gean Ho, 16-20 July
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

Teatro – Theatre
La maschera mobile
Latex masks
by Francesco Govine, 17-22 July
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Teatro – Theatre
Scrivere per il teatro dei burattini
Writing for puppet theatre
by Gigio Brunello, 25-29 July
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Incisione – Printmaking
Xilografia policroma 2: livello avanzato
Color woodcut 2: advanced level
by Umberto Giovannini, 30 July – 8 August
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

Teatro – Theatre
I burattini di legno
Carved wooden puppets
by Brina Babini, 30 July-4 August
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

AGOSTO – AUGUST 2012

Teatro – Theatre
Puppets
by Brina Babini, 10-12 August
info and booking www.atelierdellaluna.org

Incisione – Printmaking
Illustrazione con linocut e letterpress
Linocut and Letterpress for Illustration
by Nick Morley, 13-18 August
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

Incisione – Printmaking
Incidere con i polimeri
Polymergravure
by Victoria Browne, 20-24 August
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

SETTEMBRE – SEPTEMBER 2012

Incisione – Printmaking
Bulino su rame 2: livello avanzato
Burin on copper 2: advanced level
by Jürgen Czaschka, 7-9 September
info and booking www.opificiodellarosa.org

25 March 2012   Comments Off on I corsi estivi di Umberto Giovannini a Montefiore Conca.

Printmaking: European Colour Woodcut with Umberto Giovannini.

From the press release.

Umberto Giovannini is a visiting artist at Art Academy Print.  He is a Master printer with twenty years experience of the camaieu and chiaroscuro European woodcut techniques. The course offers two days of woodcut in a western tradition, focusing on colour using oil based inks. Follow in the footsteps of renowned artists Albrecht Dürer, Edvard Munch and Paul Cezanne. Suitable for students seeking to develop their basic printmaking skills.

Saturday:
Umberto will present the history of European woodcut, combined with demonstrations of handcarving and printing with two blocks. Students will learn the camaieu woodcut technique that employs two or three tints of a single colour, to develop their personal projects.

Sunday:
Students will continue to improve their skills and complete an edition of woodcut prints with the support of one-to-one tutoring from Umberto.

AAP studio is a low-toxic environment with professional printmaking facilities and a hands-on learning experience for a maximum of 8 students per course.

Language: Italian/ English

THE ART ACADEMY
Mermaid Court
165A Borough High Street
London SE1 1HR

tel: +44 (0) 207 407 6969
info@artacademy.org.uk

Course Code:  AAP1103004
Tutor:  Umberto Giovannini
Dates:  Saturday & Sunday, 25 & 26 February 2012
Time:  10am – 5pm
Course Fee:  £120

More info and booking
http://www.artacademy.org.uk/#/european-colour-woodcut/4558272049

Info about Umberto Giovannini
www.umbertogiovannini.itwww.opificiodellarosa.org

4 February 2012   Comments Off on Printmaking: European Colour Woodcut with Umberto Giovannini.

L’Arte e il Torchio / Art and the Printing Press – will receive the Prize “Friends of the Silesian Museum”.

From the press release.

L’Arte e il Torchio / Art and the Printing Press – International Biennial of Engraving of Cremona, will receive the Prize “Friends of the Silesian Museum”. The award, acquired following the donation of 94 engravings of the most important contemporary Italian artists, to the Silesian Museum (Muzeum Slaskie) of Katowice, Poland, in 2011. Vladimiro Elvieri, conceiver and curator of the Biennial and the donation, will withdraw the prize during a gala at the same Silesian Museum, February 9, 2012.

Web:

www.muzeumslaskie.pl

17 January 2012   Comments Off on L’Arte e il Torchio / Art and the Printing Press – will receive the Prize “Friends of the Silesian Museum”.

11th Lessedra World Art Print Annual – Mini Print 2012.

From the invitation letter.

Dear Friend of Art,

Wishing you a Prosperous New Year of the Dragon it is now my pleasure kindly to invite you for the upcoming

11th Lessedra World Art Print Annual – Mini Print 2012

http://www.lessedra.com/annual.php

Please have a look at the conditions for participation

http://www.lessedra.com/entry.php?d=conditions

and prepare and send your works from January until end of March 2012

If you have comments and/or questions you can contact me also on the email below:
georgi_lessedra@yahoo.com

Looking forward to our good cooperation in the new year!

With my best wishes.

Yours Georgi
Lessedra
www.lessedra.com

Please pass this message on to anyone you think will be interested.
Thank you very much!

14 January 2012   Comments Off on 11th Lessedra World Art Print Annual – Mini Print 2012.

“The Star of Bethlehem: The hope of salvation”.

Letter

Dear friend,

I am pleased to invite you to the exhibition of Armenian miniatures, “The Star of Bethlehem: The hope of salvation,” presented by the International Center for the Study of the Christian Orient (ICSCO) in collaboration with the Centro Cultural Nuevo Inicio. The  exhibition features the works of Aram Vartanov, a young Armenian miniaturist, who works in the medieval tradition of Armenian miniaturists, as well as the  reproductions of the medieval Armenian miniaturists’ works.

The inauguration of the exhibition will take place on Thursday, December 22, at 19:30 in the exhibition hall of Centro Cultural Nuevo Inicio, located in the Curia Matropolitana of Granada, Plaza Alonso Cano, nº1.

Hope to see you!

Hugs

Hayk Grigoryan

 

Related:

Letters to the editor

15 December 2011   Comments Off on “The Star of Bethlehem: The hope of salvation”.

The Rules of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2012.

From the press release.

The Rules of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2012
(The fourteenth edition)

The fourteenth edition of the International Small Engraving Salon is organized by Mr. Victor Florean, the president of the cultural foundation of contemporary art “Florean Museum”. “Florean Museum” is a foundation which sustains and finances all forms of contemporary art. These actions of global culture as definition are not seeking to create or sustain a certain international movement. They can be defined as an act of reflection of a creating world. They are those actions which demonstrate that today’s art remains one of the freest mind areas in the society.

Article 1

The fourteenth edition of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2012 is a contest with prizes, and it promotes and sustains the classic printing techniques of engraving.

The contest is theme free, in order to allow the artists to choose that specific sector of creation that he or she considers to be most representative for himself or herself. In order to allow the jury an objective judgement, each artist will present five works of small engraving.

 The longest side of the engraving will not exceed 17 cm. The dimension refers to the image.

Serigraphy, photo, drawing, computer-art are not accepted.

On the back of the engravings will be written (legible) in pencil:

  • the artist’s name and address;
  • the title;
  • the technique;
  • the dimensions;
  • the year.

Each engraving will be signed by the artist on the front side and will include the classic details: copy, title, signature.

Article 2

The engravings will be sent by mail in proper package. The works, together with the artists’ CV must be sent to the organizers until the 9th of March 2012 (the postal stamp) at the following address:

MUZEUL FLOREAN
P.O. BOX 1 Of. Postal Of. 9
430510 BAIA MARE
MARAMURES
ROMANIA

The opening of the International Small Engraving Salon 2012 will take place on the 12th of May 2012, at 12:00 o’clock in the rooms of FLOREAN MUSEUM

Article 3

The contest has three prizes:

  •  the first prize in the value of US$ 1,500 (one thousand five hundred U.S. dollars);
  • the second prize in the value of US$ 1,000 (one thousand U.S. dollars);
  • and the third prize consisting in US$ 500 (five hundred U.S. dollars).

The jury is formed by: PAVEL SUSARA, art critic, president of the jury, VICTOR FLOREAN, the president of Florean Museum, MIRCEA BOCHIS, painter, sculptor and engraver, the curator of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari. Also, the winners of the three prizes of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2010 are invited to take part of the jury for this year’s edition of the Salon.

The winning artists of each edition of the Salon are always invited to be members of the jury for the next edition of the International Small
Engraving Salon Carbunari. This practice has become a tradition of the salons organized by Florean Museum.

The prizes of the winners of the previous edition of the International Small Engraving Salon (2010) will be handed by Mr. Victor Florean, the president of Florean Museum, at the vernisage of the fourteenth edition of the Salon. The awarded artists of the previous edition of the salon will have a group exhibition in Baia Mare and they are offered a seven days trip to Baia Mare.

The organizers reserve the right to give other prizes or awards and to organize personal exhibitions for the selected artists. For further details, the organizers will contact each artist separately.

Article 4

All the works sent by the artists will be published on Internet, to the site of FLOREAN MUSEUM: www.cmc.ro. The organizing committee has chosen to publish the exhibition on Internet so that the access to be worldwide.

The fourteenth edition of the International Small Engraving Salon will be on internet for ever. The exhibition can be visited at http://www.cmc.ro.

The organizers reserve the right to edit a compact disc and a catalogue with the exhibition of the International Small Engraving Salon 2012.

Article 5

The international Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2012 will be exposed in the most important centres from Romania and abroad.
The works sent by the artists to the Salon will complete Florean Museum’s collection of contemporary art, which is conceived as an open
workshop for the study of the contemporary engraving in the world.

The basic conception of Florean Museum is the two ways of communication: from the museum to the artist and from the artist to the
museum.

The works sent by the artists become the property of the Florean Museum. These works will constitute the base for continuing the artistic
dialogue through organizing group exhibitions according to artistic affinities. Each exhibition organized will be presented on Internet at the specified address.

Article 6

The organizers reserve the right to make reproductions of the works in order to edit the publications of the Salon or in any other purpose.
The artists who participate must accept all the conditions of the Rules of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2012. The engravings send by the artists for the participation at the International Small Engraving Salon constitutes the acceptance of the conditions stipulated in the present Rules. For further information, please contact the curator of the exhibition:

e-mail: mirceabochis@adslexpress.ro
MIRCEA BOCHIS
Curator of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari

Web:

http://www.cmc.ro/

Florean Museum – http://muzeulflorean.mm.ro/florean_museum/index.php

4 December 2011   Comments Off on The Rules of the International Small Engraving Salon Carbunari 2012.

Rules of the IX International Graphic Competition for Ex Libris Gliwice 2012

From the Biblioteka Gliwice website.

DIRECTOR
OF MUNICIPAL PUBLIC LIBRARY IN GLIWICE
GRAŻYNA LAZAR
HAS THE HONOUR TO INVITE YOU TO PARTICIPATE
IN IX INTERNATIONAL GRAPHIC COMPETITION FOR EX LIBRIS. GLIWICE 2012

IX International Graphic Competition is an open Competition.
Its purpose is the review and presentation of the latest achievements in the art of ex libris design.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS OF PARTICIPATION

  • Works submitted for the Competition shall have the ex libris function, i.e. they shall include the words “ex libris” (or its substitute) integrally related to the composition field and dedication consisting of full first name and surname of the owner or name of institution. In case of initials or abbreviations, please provide their full versions on the ex libris reverse.
  • A Participant may send unlimited number of works in 2 signed author copies, the works shall be created in the years 2010-2012 and made in any graphic technique (including offset and computer graphics).
  • Artists taking part in the Competition for the first time may send also works created before 2010.
  • Dimensions of the prints shall not exceed 14 x 14 cm.
  • The reverse side of each copy shall include:

– the author’s first name and surname,
– dimension of the print,
– graphic technique,
– year of creation,
– full versions of initials or abbreviations used.

  • The works shall be accompanied by a legibly competed application form which may be downloaded from the Organizer’s website: www.biblioteka.gliwice.pl
  • Please attach a short biographical note of the author.

PRIZES

  • The works and ex librises selection for the post-Competition exhibition will be performed by the Jury appointed by the Organizer. The Jury meeting will be held on June 2012.
  • The best works will be awared with medals, diplomas and money prizes:

I prize – 5000 PLN
II prize – 3000 PLN
III prize – 2000 PLN

  • Additionally, the Organizer plans to award:
    – honourable mentions,
    – prize for the best ex libris dedicated to the Gliwice City,
    – prize for the best ex libris dedicated to the Municipal Public Library in Gliwice,
    – other special awards.
  • The Jury may resolve to split and grant the prizes in a different way. The Jury’s decision shall be conclusive.
  • The prizes shall be taxed subject to regulations in force.

DEADLINE FOR THE WORKS SUBMISSION

  • The works shall be submitted until 15th May 2012 to the following address:

MIEJSKA BIBLIOTEKA PUBLICZNA
UL. KOŚCIUSZKI 17
SKR. POCZT. 109
44-100 GLIWICE
POLAND

postscript:
IX International Graphic Competition for Ex Libris

  • The works received after the designated deadline will not be considered for the Competition.

FINAL STIPULATIONS

Prize award ceremony and the exhibition opening shall be held on
12th October 2012
in the exhibition room
of the Municipal Public Library in Gliwice
at Inwalidów Wojennych Square 3.

  • The works awarded and qualified by the Jury will be presented on the post-Competition exhibition from October until December 2012.
  • Artists qualified for the Competition will receive the exhibition catalogue.
  • All works submitted for the Competition shall become the property of the Organizer.
  • The Organizer shall not be held responsible for any loss or damage of the works caused during transport.
  • The Organizer reserves the right to publish the works free of charge for the purposes of promotion and presentation on exhibitions in Poland and abroad.
  • Current information concerning the Competition will be published on the following website: www.biblioteka.gliwice.pl

Entering the Competition shall mean the acceptance of the present regulation.

ORGANIZER: MUNICIPAL PUBLIC LIBRARY in GLIWICE
UL. T. KOŚCIUSZKI 17
44-100 GLIWICE
tel./fax +48 32 238 25 10
e-mail: sekretariat@biblioteka.gliwice.pl

Web:

http://www.biblioteka.gliwice.pl/

14 November 2011   Comments Off on Rules of the IX International Graphic Competition for Ex Libris Gliwice 2012

2nd Lessedra International Painting & Mixed Media Competition 2011

From the press release.

2nd Lessedra International Painting & Mixed Media Competition

Painting, Drawing, Collage, Watercolor, Photographs, Digital, Mixed Media…

AIMS AND TASKS

An international annual competition with the premise to show the variety of art medium. The aim is to gather and to exhibit contemporary works from all over the world and to contribute to the contacts and the exchange between artists, art lovers and collectors and to stimulate the research into Painting, Drawing, Collage, Watercolor, Photography…

With a Respect to the Quality of Art, not to the Size of Art!

ORGANIZATION

LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects
25, Milin Kamak Street, Lozenetz
1164 Sofia, Bulgaria
Tel.(++359 2) 866 38 57
www.lessedra.com
georgi.kolev@lessedra.com
georgi_lessedra@yahoo.com

LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects
Founded in 1991.
Contemporary Bulgarian and International Art. Projects, Workshops and Exhibitions.
Books/Catalogues and CDR for the Arts.

CONDITIONS FOR PARTICIPATION

1. Each artist should send no more than 3 original works, created in 2010/2011.
Entries may feature any type of Painting, Drawing, Collage, Watercolor, Photography, Digital, Mixed Media…and should be signed by the artist.
The works could be executed on paper, canvas, cardboard etc…
VERY IMPORTANT: No frames, No mounts…
The maximum dimensions of a work are 15 x 15 cm = equal to 5,9 x 5,9 inches. The image can be same size or smaller. Please note this is the limiting size. Smaller works any size are accepted. Works exceeding the limited size will be neglected!
2. The application (entry) form should accompany the work, including the name and the nationality of the artist as well as the title, price, year and the technique used in the work.
3. The works should be sent to LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects as works ” For Exhibition only” by registered air-mail in a simple packet, unframed, without mount, bearing the declaration “No commercial value”.
Please note: packages with declared amounts arrive directly in the customs so they shall be returned back from the customs for the costs of the sender.
4. Participation fee is 50 EUR for all European and 70 USD for all another countries and it covers CD – catalogue production, organization of the exhibition, invitations, posters, advertise materials, return of works and postage.
It has to be paid with the message “Painting Exhibition”
Bank transfers should be made to:
For transfers in EUR
Valya Radneva Georgieva
First Investment Bank, 1000, Sofia, Bulgaria, 12, Narodno Sabranie Sq.
BIC (Bank Identification Code) – FINVBGSF
IBAN (International Bank Account Number) – BG27FINV91502004531994
For transfers in USD
Valya Radneva Georgieva
First Investment Bank, 1000, Sofia, Bulgaria, 12, Narodno Sabranie Sq.
BIC (Bank Identification Code) – FINVBGSF
IBAN (International Bank Account Number) – BG86FINV91502004531999
Cheques on the name of Valya Radneva Georgieva issued and/or payable by American banks only are accepted.
Transfers via Western Union or via MoneyGram on the name of Valya Radneva Georgieva and Cash (when legal) are accepted.
International Postal Money Transfer Orders on the name of Valya Radneva Georgieva (transfers by the post office – not checks!!!) are accepted.
Participants should enclose a copy of the receipt.

CONDITIONS FOR ACCEPTANCE

Payment of the entry fee is not a guarantee for acceptance! The jury for previous selection is appointed to make the selection of artists & works with the intention to keep the high professional level of the exhibition. If for any reasons artist is rejected we send back works and return entry fee reduced by the postage.

CATALOGUE

1. LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects will publish a CD-DVD catalogue including all accepted artists. Every participating artist is kindly requested to send a brief biography (CV), personal photograph and images of the works with comprehensive names of the files in low resolution on a CD or via e-mail for the web presentation of the project.
2. LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects reserves the right to photograph and reproduce works for CDR, Internet gallery and also for advertising, commercial and publicity purposes.

JURY, PRIZES AND EXHIBITION

1. JURY will be appointed to select the winning works.
2. There will be the following PRIZES: First Prize (USD 300 = purchase of work(s) by additional agreement and invitation for a solo presentation of the artist in conjunction with the next annual exhibition).
Second Prize (USD 100).
Third Prize (USD 100).
3. There is no commission payable to LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects on the sales of the works.
4. Exhibition with works of all accepted artists will be organized in Lessedra Gallery, Sofia, Bulgaria in the time December 15th 2011 – February 15th 2012.

Opening reception on December 15th at 7 p.m.
While the works will be handled with the utmost care, LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects will not be responsible for loss or damage due to natural disasters.
The works (if unsold) will be returned within five months from the closing date of the exhibition at the cost of LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects.
Entries should be sent to LESSEDRA Gallery & Contemporary Art Projects.
Entry Form can be downloaded from this site.
Entries are accepted from September until November 10th 2011.
Packages postmarked November 10th 2011 will be accepted.

31 August 2011   Comments Off on 2nd Lessedra International Painting & Mixed Media Competition 2011

Art and the Printing Press 2011. The catalogue.

Title: Art and the Printing Press 2011
Curator: Vladimiro Elvieri
Cover price: n.d.
Data: 138p. – ill. – in 4° – in italiano
Year: 2011
Publisher: A.D.A.F.A. – Via Palestro, 32 (C.P. 19) – 26100 Cremona – Italy
ISBN: n.d.

 

Cover: Art and the Printing Press 2011. The catalogue.
Cover: Art and the Printing Press 2011. The catalogue.

Art and the Printing Press 2001 Between Present and Future

“A work of art is fascinating inasmuch it has been an adventure,carrying signs it contains, showing the battles the artist had to fight against the resistance of the materials used. All this, as the artist did not even know where it would have taken him”.

Jean Dubuffet “I valori selvaggi”, Feltrinelli 1971

 

In inaugurating this VII International Festival of Printmaking L’ARTE E IL TORCHIO /ART AND THE PRINTING PRESS we cannot but remember two extraordinary figures of art and culture recently passed away, who have left to all of us, who love and live art, a great heredity of thought and actions.  The first, Dino Formaggio, art philosopher, died on December 6, 2008; the preceding 6th biennial was dedicated to him; the second, artist Witold Skulicz, died a year later in December 2009.  Skulicz, was the organizer of the famous Graphic Art Triennial of Cracow from 1966 to 2009.  Both have contributed in a determining way to the growth and the international prestige of Cremona’s Festival, making it a ‘not to be missed’ appointment for artists, art and print lovers.

Dino Formaggio, who became a real good friend of mine, stimulated me since the beginning to go on with the promotion and valorisation of  contemporary engraving, always rich with new experiments and ulterior expressive possibilities.  In a TV interview of 2003, for “Art and the Printing Press”, he testified that art “remains a fundamental experience of life and passions, more than research, that can overcome time and death.  Art can also go beyond ethic indications so then it creates a moral life of solidarity and liberty”.  We had the honour of publishing his texts, some of them for the first time, in catalogues of ‘Art and the Printing Press’, editions 1999 to 2009.

Witold Skulicz, generously collaborated with the Cremonese biennial by promoting some exhibitions of prestige dedicated to significant Polish graphic artists, whose works were donated to the Museum of Cremona; in 2005, on an invitation from the Polish Triennial, at the Italian Institute of Culture in Cracow, we held the exhibition “Italian Printmaking under 35”.  We would like to remind our readers that an exhibition is taking place at the Silesian Museum in Katowice of  94 works donated by major Italian contemporary printmakers; this exhibition was ideated by Prof. Skulicz and myself –  corresponding to the donation of Polish works to the Museum of Cremona –  to nourish an intensive cultural and artistic dialogue.

The 7th Biennial “ART & THE PRINTING PRESS” in the section dedicated to “small format”, where, since 1999,  artists of international fame coming from 50 countries had the possibility to meet, goes on with its enquiry on new experiments and most recent research linked to engraving techniques in the various cultures, from burin to drypoint, from mezzotint to indirect techniques such as etching, aquatint, soft ground etching and relief (xylography and linocut) as well as carborundum and collagraph.  They are autonomous languages with their own specificities, able to renew themselves continuously, according to each single artist’s requests, an art that never stops to surprise and provoke emotions in us,  manual techniques that are still the basis of the highest artistic expression.

The Cremona Biennial, by means of the works in the exhibition CANADIAN PRINTMAKERS at the Museo Civico Ala Ponzone, deals with aspects linked to the near future of serial graphic art, where the so-called “traditional” engraving finds itself faced with photo-engraving (getting back to the origins of the first photographic experiments with plates engraved with acid) or with digital prints, in a continuous experiment, nevertheless always using  a press.  A “print” trying to find new ways, trying to go beyond, to measure itself with the “unknown”.  The exhibition of Canadian artists, organized by Derek M. Besant and Laurence Quetelart (for Québec), authors of the texts in the catalogue, is exemplary in this sense.  It shows, by means of a variety of  old and modern techniques, images of a world in continuous evolution, seen through the sensibility, the emotions and the passions of the selected authors.  The works have been realized with methods sometimes unknown in Italy, that will not be easily “digested” by those (so-called “print specialists”) who accept with difficulty any type of innovation or experimentation, always ready to discriminate, incompatibly with the idea of art itself, the artists that do not comply to their dogmas and  absurd rules.

The exhibition dedicated to the print workshop TORCHIO THIENE and its printer and publisher Armando Martini, held at Casa Sperlari, headquarters of ADAFA, also puts in evidence some aspects of research in the field of printmaking in Italy, that for too long, specially if conducted in a provincial environment, did not get the attention of important public or private institutions, therefore of the market.  In spite of this, starting in the 70s of the last century, the print workshop “Torchio Thiene” (from the homonymous city in the province of Vicenza) became a reference for young or older artists, whether established or not, who intended discovering new expressive possibilities through the numerous chalcographic techniques, apart from the more “traditional”, taught by Armando Martini, printer always experimenting, one of the most innovative on the Italian contemporary panorama.  Works exhibited are of various formats, some of which are recent and realized with the “Martini technique” by Italian and foreign artists attending the workshop.  Today it has moved to the 1600s’ Villa Cà Beregane, in the surroundings of Thiene, once mentioned by Goethe in his book “Viaggio in Italia” (Journey to Italy).

In Soncino, the Print Museum, recently valorised in terms of organization by the local Pro Loco, directed by Mauro Bodini, as usual hosts a section dedicated to EX LIBRIS.  The Exhibition, organized by AIE (Italian Association of Ex-Libris) and its president Mauro Mainardi, author of a text in the catalogue, shows by means of a precious collection of recent ex-libris made by important Italian and foreign artists the fundamental themes of everyday living in relationship with an evermore polluted environment – by man – and how urgent is a collective awareness and responsibility linked to new models of eco compatible development.

Lastly, the Museo Civico di Cremona hosts, for the whole duration of the exhibition, a didactic workshop, where visitors and school children can be present at theorical lessons and on reservation, actively participate at the realization of an original print that will be printed on the press, to help them better understand the process and time involved in an ancien art as the Man, that today succeeds in bringing alive his dreams in spite of a daily reality ever more degraded in its moral values, where culture does not seem to be seen as a moment of growth, as a form of aggregation and sharing of a common patrimony, as a base of liberty in a civil society.

Vladimiro Elvieri

 

Thanks to: Vladimiro Elvieri and Mauro Mainardi

(Artifex received a free copy of the shown catalogue – link is to a page in Italian)

9 June 2011   Comments Off on Art and the Printing Press 2011. The catalogue.

6th International Competition Ex Libris Biblioteca di Bodio Lomnago 2011.

From the press release.

For the 50th anniversary of the film “La Dolce Vita”, Bodio Lomnago Town Council, in collaboration with the President of AIE (Italian Ex Libris Association), announce the 6th International Ex Libris Competition 2011. The theme is: Cinema, The Dream Machine.

Competition Rules

  1. The Competition is open to all artists. Participation is free of charge. Every participant must complete the entry form attached to this announcement.
  2. Only entries made using the traditional techniques of the original graphic art (chalcography, xylography, lithography) will be accepted for the Competition. Entries made using other techniques will not be evaluated in the Competition.
  3. The Ex Libris entries should have the following characteristics:
    1. represent the theme of the Competition: CINEMA, THE DREAM MACHINE;
    2. be printed on paper no larger than A5 (148mm x 210mm); the printed area may be any size;
    3. no indications or markings of other competitions must be present;
    4. the following must be written, in pencil, on the reverse side: surname, first name, address of the artist, date the entry was executed, dimensions of the engraved part, technique used and title;
    5. all entries must have the following inscription:
      “EX LIBRIS BIBLIOTECA BODIO LOMNAGO 2011”
      Only entries with all the above requisites will be evaluated in the Competition. All those missing one or more of these requisites will not be considered.
  4. Each artist may enter a maximum of two entries, each of which must have at least four signed copies. Three copies will be held in the Bodio Lomnago Library collection and one in the AIE collection. These may be used at will by both institutions. Entries will not be returned.
  5. Bodio Lomnago Town Council has designated three prizes to the value of: €1000, €700 and €500 which will be awarded to the first, second and third prize winners respectively.
  6. The entries, once accepted by the Jury, will be selected for publication in the Catalogue and displayed in the exhibition room in Bodio Lomnago Library in spring 2012. During the opening ceremony of the exhibition the winners will be announced and the prizes given.
  7. The five members of the Jury are representatives of: Bodio Lomnago Town Council (the Mayor or his delegate), artists and expert collectors from the AIE
  8. The Ex Libris must be sent by Registered Letter, by 12.00 noon on 30th November, 2011, to the following address:
    Comune di Bodio Lomnago
    Piazza don Cesare Ossola 2
    21020 Bodio Lomnago (VA)
    Italy
  9. Artists of entries published will receive the catalogue free of charge.
  10. Participation in the Competition implies full acceptance of the above rules.

For further information, please contact:
mfranzetti@comune.bodiolomnago.va.it
mainardi_mauro@libero.it (president AIE)

To download the competition rules and the entry form, please click here.

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