“George Schneeman in Italy” to open January 18 at the Italian Cultural Institute
On view through February 11, 2011
Exhibit showcases paintings of the Tuscan landscape where the artist lived,
as well as his poem pictures
San Francisco, CA — Referred to as a “Painter among Poets,” George Schneeman (1934 – 2009) was an artist who committed himself to many forms and means of expression. Having subordinated his youthful literary ambitions to a full-time life of painting, printmaking, graphic design and ceramics, he collaborated frequently with poets and, in his final decade, added delicate and incisive handwritten poems in Italian to some of his landscape pictures. Born in Saint Paul, Minnesota, Schneeman lived for seven years in Italy, fully embracing the language and lifestyle of the Tuscan countryside. His artwork lovingly captures the beauty of the Tuscan landscape he came to know first in his twenties and again in his later years. More here.
Curated by Bill Berkson, be sure to check out his brand new book, For the Ordinary Artist: Short Reviews, Occasional Pieces & More. It includes two essays on Schneeman, plus Alex Katz, Joe Brainard, Philip Guston, Jackson Pollock, Lee Friedlander, Nathaniel Dorsky, Ernie Gehr, four interviews, and so much more. My copy arrived yesterday, and it brought me back to the magic of reading Berkson's earlier collection of criticism, Sweet Singer of Modernism. This was the book that prompted me to ask him to publish something, and that 'something' became Sudden Address. Get For the Ordinary Artist here.