Friday, June 3, 2011

PRESS RELEASE: “In Retrospective” by Vincenzo Pietropaolo


De Luca Fine Art | Gallery presents

In Retrospective by
Vincenzo Pietropaolo
Toronto, June 3, 2011 – In occasion of the participation to the 54TH International Art Exhibition of the VENICE BIENNALE “Padiglione Italia” in the World. De Luca Fine Art | Gallery presents a retrospective of over 40 years of works by Toronto based photographer Vincenzo Pietropaolo “In Retrospective”.
The show will run from June 16th to July 2nd, 2011.

De Luca Fine Art | Gallery is hosting the opening reception on Thursday, June 16th, 2011, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at 1153-A Queen Street West, Unit 203, Toronto. Please R.S.V.P. to

Vincenzo Pietropaolo is an independent documentary photographer. For those who still need convincing, his work makes an irrefutable case for photography as art. In Vincenzo’s hands, photography becomes a kind of language and his books intermingle photographs and words with mutually reinforcing effect. Vincenzo finds his subjects – or, perhaps as often as not, they find him – when traveling. In his various photographic series, Vincenzo’s honest and poetic images move us, documenting instants of Italian immigrants’ challenging everyday life (Not Paved With Gold); telling the little-known story of Canada's migrant workers (Harvest Pilgrims); and, more recently, capturing images and telling stories of an invisible minority whose members often live and die unacknowledged and unremembered (Invisible No More: A Photographic Chronicle of People with Intellectual Disabilities). This exhibition offers a comprehensive look at the many series produced through the years.

The Italian Cultural Institute (IIC) is proud to present Padiglione Italia at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale. To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Unification of Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities have launched a special event. For the first time ever the Padiglione Italia at the 54th International Art Exhibition of the Venice Biennale has been extended over the national boundaries to include the Italian Cultural Institutes in the world. The aim of the project, which has been devised by Vittorio Sgarbi, art director of Padiglione Italia, is to map out Italian creativity abroad. Each Institute has elected a number of Italian artists or artists of Italian descent living and working in its own jurisdiction, active in various disciplines, from painting to sculpture, photography, video, design, graphics. The artists selected for Toronto are Tony Calzetta, Vincenzo Pietropaolo, Francesca Vivenza. A collective exhibition of their works will be on display from June 6 until the end of the Venice Biennale, November 27 at the Institute. This exhibition was curated by: Adriana Frisenna, IIC Acting Director and Corrado De Luca, of De Luca Fine Art | Gallery.

De Luca Fine Art | Gallery, established in 2004, is located at 1153-A Queen Street West, in the heart of the Queen West Gallery District in Toronto and is dedicated to representing and introducing Italian and International Artists to Canadian audiences. In collaboration with select Italian Galleries, De Luca Fine Art | Gallery introduces established and emerging Canadian Artists to Europe. De Luca Fine Art | Gallery’s mandate is “representing a bridge” between Cultures.

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Corrado De Luca
T: (1) 416-537-4699

Jes E. Sladojevic
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