Stone From Delphi, Rome

by Wendy Artin

Entrance to the American Academy in Rome (photo by Henry Crapo)

Entrance to the American Academy in Rome (photo by Henry Crapo)

September, 2013

SEAMUS HEANEY

It is with great surprise and sadness that I learn of Seamus Heaney’s death. Just recently he held the crowds silent at the American Academy in Rome with his expressive readings and his charisma, very much alive, so quick and so kind. I am thankful to have been able to meet him, having worked on the paintings to accompany his classically themed poems in the beautiful Arion Press book Stone From Delphi. Heaney’s written words flowed and carried me through the manuscript as on a wave, delicious and expressive, essential and fluid. Classical statues I had painted all my life had their stories revealed; still others revealed themselves to me and I had a reason to paint them as well. With thanks and admiration to the great poet Seamus Heaney, and all of my deepest regrets to his family.

Wendy Artin

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Seamus Heaney reading in the Cortile at the American Academy in Rome

Wall with Dancing Maenad

Seamus Heaney and Wendy Artin (photo by Bruno Boschin)

Corner showing paintings of Hermes, Omphalos, Jupiter and the Two Satyrs with Maenad

The opening at the Gallery of the American Academy

The opening at the Gallery of the American Academy

Wendy Artin and Adele Chatfield-Taylor at the exhibition

American Academy in Rome President Adele Chatfield-Taylor and Wendy Artin at the exhibition

Planning out the exhibition, with a mock-up of Stefano Silvia’s beautiful grey walls

Stefano Silvia and Willy Kristen hanging the show

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Jupiter, Aphrodite, Undine, Maenad and Orpheus with his Lyre

Monique Boschin, Michael Artin, Wendy Artin

Actaeon with surrounding paintings

Jean Artin, Bruno Boschin, Seamus Heaney and Wendy Artin at the elegant American Academy dinner

Jean Artin, Bruno Boschin and Seamus Heaney at the elegant American Academy dinner

Amongst others, Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Karl Kirchwey and American Academy composer Paul Moravec enjoy Seamus Heaney’s impromptu reading during the opening

Seamus Heaney, Wendy Artin, Andrew Hoyem of Arion Press (photo by Diana Ketcham)

Talented architects and American Academy fellows Daniel Heath and Josh Pickering asked interesting questions

Exhibit wall with Jupiter, Actaeon and other watercolor paintings

Exhibit wall with Jupiter, Actaeon, Temples, Charon, and moreDiana Ketcham, Seamus Heaney, Wendy Artin, Andrew Hoyem at the American Academy

Andrew Hoyem reads Seamus Heaney’s poetry

Pages of the exquisitely crafted letter-press book Stone From Delphi on display at the American Academy in Rome

Wendy Artin answering questions in front of Aphrodite Rising, the Ludovisi Throne (photo by J.P. Decraene)

Seamus Heaney is presented to a group of aspiring poets

Corner of Gallery at the American Academy in Rome, featuring the Dancing Maenad and Temple of Zeus in Delphi

Corner of the American Academy Gallery, featuring the Dancing Maenad and Temple of Zeus at Delphi

Thanks to Lexi Eberspacher and Stefano Silva for their excellent work on the show!

Thanks to curator Lexi Eberspacher and gallery manager Stefano Silva for their excellent work on the show! (photo by Drika Purves)

Bruno, Aphrodite, Wendy, Karl

Bruno Boschin of the Libreria del Viaggiatore and Wendy Artin moving the Ludovisi Aphrodite out, enjoying the company of American Academy Andrew Heiskell Arts Director Karl Kirchwey  (photo by Dominique Alhéritière)


To see more work by Wendy Artin, please visit the website wendyartin.com