Monday, February 29, 2016

March 21st Lecture: Open Air Painting

We are pleased to announce a special upcoming lecture at GCA on the origins of open air painting. The subject is especially relevant as winter gives way to spring and painters begin heading outdoors.

Join us on Monday, March 21st at 5:30pm for a lecture by Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson on Open Air Painting: Italian Origins and Contemporary Relevance.

Open Air Painting:  Italian Origins and Contemporary Relevance
The tradition of open or "plein" air painting is very old with its origins in Italy not France as is commonly believed. By the late 18th century specific routes in the landscape surrounding Rome, the Campagna Romana, emerged that were traveled and painted by generations of international artists including Claude Lorrain, J.M. W. Turner and J.B.C.Corot.  Artists Maddine Insalaco and Joe Vinson spent several years following these historic itineraries and documented their experience in paint, photography and writing. The couple share their discoveries in a public lecture consisting of three parts:  1. Historic Origins – traces the evolution of plein air painting in Italy and its connection to modern art ; 2. Then and Now- presents sites along historic itineraries as they appear today; 3. Observations and Insights –discusses the relevance of plein air painting to artistic practice and life in general.

Maddine Insalaco (MFA New York Academy of Art) and Joe Vinson (Post grad certificate School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and BA Ringling School of Art),  divide their lives between New York City and Tuscany where they have taught landscape painting since 1995.   Experts in the field of early open air painting in Italy the couple have curated museum exhibitions on the subject and worked with institutions such as the Musee des Beaux Arts in Orleans, France and the Morgan Library in New York to identify works in the respective collections.  They have lectured on its influence on modern painting in forums throughout the United States including the Palm Springs Art Museum, the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Sotheby’s and the National Academy of Design in New York.  Publications include Through Foreign Eyes - exhibition essay Sangallo Fortress Archeological Museum, Civita Castellana  2012;  Lost Icons of the Past:  Following Historic Painting Itineraries in Modern Italy American Artist Workshop with the Masters May 2011; Open Air Painting from Italy, a Continuing Tradition Gallery Guide Museum of Arts and Sciences, Macon 2008; On the Masters Trail: Investigating the Origins of Open-Air Painting  Plein Air Magazine 2005.  They have shown their work extensively in both solo and group exhibitions in New York, Italy, and France.  For info: - www.maddine - Telephone : 212-388-9832

Monday, March 21
GCA's Eleventh Street Arts
Free and open to the public
Refreshments will be served

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