030813 – Great News from Florence

IMG_8525_01_LR_10I am very happy to announce that plans are under way and a date has been set for a solo show of my fossil images at the Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy. It will open on September 20 of this year in the Geology and Palaeontology Division. It is an honor to have been asked and I regard this as a true highlight of my career. I’ll have much to share about this event in coming days and much to reflect upon. For now though, before anything else is said, I would like to thank Dr. Elisabetta Cioppi and Dr. Stefano Dominici for their kindness and thoughtfulness. Their desire, and my hope, is to use my images as a point of entry to the world of invertebrate fossils, many of which will be on display as part of the exhibit.IMG_8967_01b_LR_10Of course, all of this will necessitate another trip to Florence, a city that overwhelms the senses in so many ways. The museums leave one speechless. The history of art, the Renaissance, the early appreciation and melding of art and science, all become part of the air one breathes from the moment you arrive.IMG_8655_01_LR_10The churches are magnificent, from Santa Croce to the tower of the Duomo. IMG_8623_01_LR_10  _______________IMG_8406_01But it’s the streets that are so captivating. At every turn modern day coexists with the past. They bump up against each other and, in the fight for space, choose to coalesce into something most unique.IMG_9427_01_LR_10Graffiti and posters, mopeds and delivery trucks share space with ornate fountains and architectural elements hundreds of years old.IMG_8782_01_LR_10IMG_9412_01_LR_10Sometimes the graffiti is subtle. Sometimes the posters slap you in the face.IMG_9504_01a_LR_10And then there are times when it converses with the ever present religious imagery.IMG_9420_01_LR_10Street shrines often appear in the most unlikely places, thanks once again to the historical density.IMG_9417_01_LR IMG_9525_01_LR_12 IMG_9407_01_LR IMG_9523_01_LR_10And then there’s always a sweet little visual surprise around the next corner when you least expect it!IMG_8786_01_LR_10One final note – For anyone in the Woodstock, NY area – two of my Paris images will hang in two openings at the Woodstock Artists Association and Museum – 4 PM on Saturday. Please drop by.

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8 thoughts on “030813 – Great News from Florence

  1. Art. How glorious and lovely to be honored in this fashion. It’s a monumental achievement in a monumental city. Now that’s an opening worth attention and attending.

    Kudos to our friend.
    Ken & Anne Tannenbaum

  2. Art –
    That is so fantastic!!!! Congratulations! Susan

    Susan H. Butts, Ph.D.
    Division of Invertebrate Paleontology
    Yale Peabody Museum
    170 Whitney Avenue
    PO Box 208118
    New Haven, CT 06520-8118

  3. Dear Art ~
    Congrats! dreams+work and perseverence pays-off. I will be in Italy for September and so will try to make it to your opening.

    Cynthia Pannucci
    Art & Science Collaborations, Inc. (ASCI)

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