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Tuesday
Apr162013

PETER AGOSTINI

Peter Agostini:  [I was born on February 13th, 1913] in New York, in Hell's Kitchen which is over on the west side and it takes in the territory of about Thirty-Fifth Street to Fifty-Fifth Street between Ninth and Eleventh Avenues.

Colette Roberts:  It's north of Chelsea more or less. (more)

Friday
Apr052013

MICHELE RUSSO

August 29, 1983 -  I was born in 1909, April the 30, the exact date. In WaterburyConnecticut. It was a manufacturing community largely made up of immigrant groups-- a large Italian and Irish population and also other ethnic groups.

JANE VAN CLEVE: Were your parents immigrants? (more)

Thursday
Mar282013

PETER BUSA

PETER BUSA: Well, my early background was in PittsburghPennsylvania. I come from a long family of artisans and artists. I think there's been an artist in my family as far back as we can trace. The family is of Sicilian origin. My father was an Italian craftsman who was specialist with religious murals, and he did commercial murals for (more)

Wednesday
Mar132013

CORRADO PARDUCCI

Corrado Parducci: I was born in a small town near Pisa, about 10 miles east of Pisa. A mountain village there. Buti is the name. And I had a very strange beginning. We were a large family: thirteen children. I was about the middle, about the fifth or sixth child. But my father left the family in Italy and took me—I was four years old at the time—took me along. I might have been a problem child for all I know. He took me along (more)

Wednesday
Mar132013

ENRICO DONATI

Enrico Donati: I came here in 1934. I was 25. And I spent three months visiting the country, particularly I came because I was interested in Indian art. So when I landed in New York by boat naturally I went directly to New Mexico and Arizona. And I started to visit the different Indian villages and tried to get acquainted with their ways of living, their habits, their art, their tools. I spent about a month with them. And I collected already at that time (more)

Wednesday
Mar132013

PIETRO LAZZARI

Pietro Lazzari: I was born in the last century, 1898, in Rome and not from a family were cultural marked point was strong. My father was very inventive himself, he could draw horses. He loved to walk long distances. I remember as a young boy we used to walk outside the gates of Rome in Via Salaria or toward Ostia, and he was not a very tall man but while he walked, and while he talked he grew, I thought he was very tall, and he was inspired, his chest forward because he was the bandolier, which is a sort of an (more)

Wednesday
Mar062013

RAY PIEROTTI

September 4, 2005 - MR. PIEROTTI: I was born in 1932 in Bountiful, Utah, and grew up on a farm with a grandfather who was an ornamental plasterer from Italy and a father who was a musician farmer. I went to public school, and eventually ended up thinking that I was going to become a farmer, even though we had a ceramic (more)

Sunday
Feb242013

LUIGI LUCIONI

"I started at the age of six, of all things. My school teacher, you know, in Italy, I was just a boy, was a professor of painting, so I used to stay in after school and play around with watercolors and drawings and things like that, we made flowers and things like that, so it seems to me I've always been interested in art. (more)

Saturday
Feb092013

MARGARET SCOLARI BARR

Margaret Scolari Barr (1901-1987) was an art historian and a teacher. She was also the wife and assistant of Alfred H. Barr, the founding director of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She taught at Vassar (Italian) and the Spence School (art history), wrote several books, and translated others. She worked closely with her husband, on numerous of his projects. My father was from the Veneto, from the beautiful town of Bassano (more)

Thursday
Feb072013

CLAUDIA DEMONTE

Claudia DeMonte is an artist, a curator and a professor who has been featured in more than 60 one-person shows and 300 group exhibitions nationally and internationally. “I grew up in a very ethnic neighborhood in Queens called Astoria, where my mother still lives, which I love and am very proud of, and I grew up thinking I was rich. (more)

Wednesday
Feb062013

LEO CASTELLI

Leo Castelli was an art dealer who played an extraordinary role in shaping Contemporary American Art and fostering international acceptance of painters like Jasper JohnsRobert RauschenbergRoy Lichtenstein and Frank Stella. He was born Leo Krausz, in Trieste in 1907, the second of three children of a prominent Hungarian banker (more)

Tuesday
Jan152013

GIUSEPPE PANZA

Giuseppe Panza was one of the world's most prominent collectors of modern art. “I was born in Milan in 1923. My father was from Monferrato, which is a part of Piemonte. He came very young to work in Milan, and he was in the wine business. My mother’s family was from Varese, also in the wine business. My parents had four sons, I am the third” "It's important to live with artworks, to stop in front of them often, and come back over and over again. Familiarity is crucial to judge the work of the artist, to understand his motivations, his world, his conscience, and how he translates it into images." (more)

Tuesday
Jan082013

JOSEPHINE MARIE CARUSO CASTANO

May 17, 1991 - 90 years old Josephine discusses her childhood and marriage to Giovanni (John) Castano; his career in Cincinnati as a scene painter for the local opera company; moving to Boston in 1930; his career there as an art dealer, his work as a teacher and as a painting restorer. "My mother and father were in Cincinnati many years. My father and mother came over from Naples. My father was only 18 years old and my mother was 22." (more)

Saturday
Dec292012

ALFEO FAGGI

"An artist cannot overproduce. Now you see Modigliani never overproduced. Sometimes he produced one work in 3 or 4 years. There's a great deal of commerciality to produce too much; anxiety to be noticed again. A real artist doesn't want to be noticed; he wants to do the best he knows how to do. That's my point of view." "There's a place in the Academy, you see, there's a point, during the first 3 years we studied general things, geometry, architecture and some science and after three years -- and I got all the prizes there -- and they asked you, (more)
Monday
Sep242012

Jay DeFeo 

A San Francisco artist, Jay DeFeo reached national prominence in the 1950s. 
"My family is a very small one. I suppose it might be just interesting for the record to say, too, that my father is Italian and my mother came from German and Austrian parentage. And again, too, just as an interesting contrast, my split existence, as you say, was quite a different one in terms of environment. In San Francisco, this is a strange irony (more)

 

Monday
Sep242012

Walter De Maria

Walter De Maria is an Italian-American sculptor and composer. He is best known for his 1977 Lightning Field, a work of Land Art situated in a remote area of the high desert of western New Mexico. It is a rectangular grid measuring one mile by one kilometer, containing 400 stainless-steel lightning rods, and it is recognized internationally as one of (more)

Monday
Sep242012

Nicholas 'Nick' Carone

Nick Carone was an Italian-American Abstract Expressionist painter. Born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, the eldest of seven children, he grew up in Hoboken, New Jersey. He lived in Rome for three and a half years, in Via Margutta: "There are just three sculptors there -- Marini, Manzu, and Fazzini, and I was right next door to him. Next door is Rothko. Strangely enough, I met Rothko there when he came to Rome with his wife. And then there's a sculpture center here and Robert Cook (more)