by Wendy Artin
• AD LIBITUM •
Wendy Artin, Rome and Tivoli
Giant Charcoal Statues, Sepia Watercolor Landscapes, Fruits and Flowers
presented by Gurari Collections
from November 2nd to December 9th, 2018
Opening Reception on First Friday, November 2nd, from 6:00 – 9:00 at
Gurari Collections, 460 Harrison Avenue, in the South End of Boston (SoWa)
Please join us for the opening and see the show!
Rome, Ad Libitum!
Few views are as exquisite as the hulking ruins against the Roman sky, the giant river gods on the edge of the cascading boulders in Piazza Navona. The work in this show is a celebration of returning to Rome, a place of visual joy.
Each spring the sky grows lighter, the days grow longer. I put my box of watercolors, my jar, my brushes, into my bag and off I go, hoping that the Roman sun will evaporate the puddle of watercolor just when the pigments have flowed to the right place to capture the way the sunlight illuminates the dome, the way the pine trees blend into the sky, the way the shadows almost shimmer – as though the Mediterranean sea has filled the world with tiny little drops of light. I sit and paint, while the sunlight gently moves across the stone, squeezing the shadows smaller and smaller till they suddenly switch to the other side, and it is time to leave. Again and again, and yet like actors on stage, no two puddles, no two watercolors are the same.
At home the walls are gradually covered with a new series of giant charcoal river god statues from the Piazza Navona. The drawings are a life-sized near-human presence, silently gesturing with the models who come to pose.
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It is hard to resist painting the wild peas that grow at the side of the road, with exactly three matching twins of leaves going up the delicate stem and a butterfly petticoat marking the place where the two new shoots separate. And shiny purple eggplants… artichokes too!
This collection of art is a celebration of Rome, a return, an expression of the visual joy and the wondrous beauty of repetition.
Coming soon: The entire AD LIBITUM – WENDY ARTIN collection will be presented on line at the new Gurari Collections website. It may take a minute to load, but it is well worth the wait!
There will be a new catalogue!
We hope to see you at the opening on November 2, 2018.