De Luca Fine Art | Gallery, established in 2004, is located at 217 Avenue Road, in the heart of the Yorkville Designer District and is dedicated to representing and introducing Italian and International Artists to Canadian Collectors.
In collaboration with select Italian Galleries, the Gallery introduces established and emerging Canadian Artists to International Collectors.
De Luca Fine Art | Gallery’s mandate is “representing a bridge between Cultures and International Collectors”.
Monday, May 30, 2011
INSTALLING "PADIGLIONE ITALIA"
THE 54TH INTERNATIONAL ART EXHIBITION
WORKS BY TONY CALZETTA, VINCENZO PIETROPAOLO, FRANCESCA VIVENZA
As the curator of the De Luca Fine Art |Gallery, I have focussed on introducing Italian artists to Canadian audiences for over 10 years. This experience has allowed me to explore and contribute to the “internationalization” of the art world in Canada.
When the Italian Institute of Culture of Toronto invited me to collaborate and co-curate this extraordinary exhibition, I was ecstatic. This year is the 150th anniversary of Italy and for the first time the Venice Biennale – Vittorio Sgarbi’s Padiglione Italia – is reaching out beyond its borders to feature select artists of Italian descent, living and working in many countries around the world. For Italy, it’s vital to know and cherish the talents that represent Italian culture abroad.
Selecting the three artists for this exhibition has been a challenging “mission”. I am delighted to be able to present works by practitioners of three different artistic disciplines: Francesca Vivenza creates site-specific installations; Tony Calzetta is a painter; and Vincenzo Pietropaolo is a photographer.Interestingly, however, although these artists primarily pursue very different artistic disciplines, they are united not only by their Italian heritage but also through their creation of utterly fascinating book-works.This exhibition at the Italian Institute of Culture in Toronto features three “mini-retrospectives” of these artists’ works.