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Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Wendy Artin Exhibition

A message from Wendy Artin:

Dear Friends and Family,
Next Wednesday from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. is the opening of Stone From Delphi at the American Academy in Rome, in via Angelo Masina 5.  Please come!  It will be a beautiful event!
Best wishes,

Cari Amici e Famiglia,
Mercoledì prossimo dalle 18:00 alle 21:00 ci sarà l'inaugurazione della mostra Stone From Delphi all'American Academy in Rome, a via Angelo Masina 5.  Venite!  Sarà un evento bellissimo!
A presto

Wendy Artin is an American artist who has made the classical world, in particular the architecture and statuary of her adopted city of Rome, the subject of a remarkable body of work. Skilled in drawing the figure, Artin says, “The statues of Antiquity are my favorite models.” Eric Fischl, who observed her drawing from live models, recounts, “I was unable to take my eyes off watching her work. I’d never seen anyone capture, with such fluid grace and comfort, the depth of observation of the human form the way she was able to do so quickly and so accurately in water-color.” In the words of American Academy in Rome president Adele Chatfield-Taylor, “she is a classically trained painter, but her work comes across as absolutely contemporary. Although her subject is Rome, a city thousands of years old, Wendy’s work is not a throwback.”

Wendy Artin

Born in Boston, Artin received a B.A. degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1984 and an M.F.A. degree from the School of the Boston Museum of Fine Arts in 1990, with additional studies at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, from 1982 to 1985. Throughout the 1980s, she traveled and drew in museums throughout Europe and Central America. Since 1993, she has had one-person exhibitions in Paris, New York, Boston, Milan, and Rome. In 2011 she exhibited a tour de force series of drawings of the Elgin Marbles at Gurari Collections, Boston, which published a catalogue, The Parthenon Friezes. She is currently an Art Advisor at the American Academy in Rome and began the drawings for Stone From Delphi in her studio there. She lives in Rome with her Italian husband Bruno Boschin, a bookseller, and their two children.

Wendy Artin

In finding the right artist for this new Seamus Heaney volume, the Press is indebted to the painter Eric Fischl for recommending an American artist he had met in Rome, the virtuoso watercolorist Wendy Artin. In May of 2012, Andrew Hoyem and Diana Ketcham visited Artin in Rome. During meetings at her home and at her studio at the American Academy, they explored the techniques she might use for this book.

Wendy Artin

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