tag archives: sculpture

 

when you think of puglia (apulia), you may envision the distinctive whitewashed stone huts with conical roofs in alberobello.

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

foreground | view of the rione monti district from the rione aia piccola district

background | chiesa sant’antonio da padova (church of saint anthony of padua)

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

there are over 1600 trulli of alberobello (trulli di alberobello) in the unesco world heritage site.

maps via unesco and geoplan.it

 

1030 trulli are concentrated in the rione monti district.

and, another 590 trulli are located in the rione aia piccola district.

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

view of the rione monti district from piazza giangirolamo

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

view of the rione aia piccola district from via cristoforo colombo

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

the trulli are built using a prehistoric method of dry stone construction that is unique to the region of the itria valley (valle d’itria).

more complex than the stone age construction process of the cave dwellings of matera (sassi di matera), which are simply enclosed by building an exterior wall of excavated stones.

section via italiansindc

 

even though they have conical roofs, trulli are rectangular buildings.

their double faced stone walls, which have rubble cores, are constructed from collected or excavated boulders or stones without using masonry mortar.

the eaves at the corners of the building channel water into an underground cistern.

the internal layer of the double faced roof is structurally supported by squinches (corner arches).  and, the external layer of the conical roof is constructed from corbelled stone shingles.

isometric drawing via the mind of architecture

 

the pinnacles on the roofs of the trulli, as well as the symbols that are painted on the shingles of the roofs with white ash,

are believed to have apotropaic power that wards off evil and misfortune.

trulli | alberobello | BA | italy

apotropaic pinnacles and symbols on the roofs

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

piazza d’annunzio | rione monti | alberobello | BA | italy

tenuta girolamo | piazza d’annunzio | rione monti | alberobello | BA | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

casa lippolis | piazza pagano | rione aia piccola | alberobello | BA | italy

18th century | two story | built using masonry mortar

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

casa museo trullo sovrano | piazza sacramento | alberobello | BA | italy

18th century | two story with a staircase | built without using masonry mortar

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

many of the citta bianche (white cities), including alberobello, locorotondo, martina franca, cisternino, ceglie messapica, and ostuni, are located in the valle d’itria, which runs between putignano and martina franca.

map via zeemaps

 

my husband, bob, and i stopped in putignano for lunch at angelo sabatelli ristorante.

angelo sabatelli ristorante | via santa chiara | putignano | BA | italy

melanzane arrosto, pomodorini, basilico e burrata di angelo sabatelli (roasted eggplant, tomatoes, basil and burrata by angelo sabatelli)

click here for the ricette (recipe)

photos via great italian chefs and  great italian chefs

 

pranzo (lunch) was molto buono (very good). actually, delicious.

and, the valle d’itria is molta bella (very beautiful).

vineyards.  olive orchards.  and, trulli, trulli, and more trulli…

trulli | valle d’itria (itria valley) | near ceglie messapica | BR | italy

trulli | valle d’itria (itria valley) | near locorotondo | BA | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

did you know that apulia produces about 33% of italian olive oil?

trulli | valle d’itria (itria valley) | near locorotondo | BA | italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

sadly, the olive orchards in southern apulia are now infested by xylella fastidosa, a bacterium spread by the spittlebug (sputacchina), an insect related to the sharpshooter, which last infested california wine country during the 1990’s.

as a result, about 10% of italy’s olive oil production has been lost during the past year.

click here to read a financial times (ft) article about the infestation.

from this:  healthy olive orchard | carovigno (near ostuni) | BR | italy

to that:  diseased olive orchard | surbo (near lecce) | LE | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

fortunately, the centenary olive trees in the sculpture garden at la fiermontina, our hotel in lecce, remain healthy.

the sculptures are by rené letourneur (1898-1990) and jacques zwobada (1900-1967), two french artists who both loved the owners’ grandmother, antonia fiermonte (1914-1956), and were both loved by her.

 

the sculpture garden | la fiermontina | lecce | LE | italy

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

la fiermontina is a restored masseria (fortified farmhouse) in the centro storico (historic city center) of lecce.  the baroque architecture in lecce is comparable to the baroque architecture in sicily.

our room featured a drawing of antonia fiermonte by jacques zwobada.

jacques zwobada | antonia de dos | 1943

photo credit la fiermontina

 

and, a honey colored lecce limestone vaulted ceiling.

 

junior suite number 1 | la fiermontina | lecce | LE | italy

photo via  tripadvisor

 

bella (beautiful)!

 

more highlights from our art filled pre-holiday day trip to los angeles…

2 (of 3) exhibitions by chinese artist and human rights activist, ai weiwei.

 

ai weiwei: zodiac

29 september 2018-5 january 2019

jeffrey dietch gallery | los angeles, ca

 

installation view

ai weiwei | stools | 5929 wooden stools from the ming (1368-1644) and qing (1644-1911) dynasties | 2013

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

ai weiwei life cycle

28 september 2018-3 march 2018

marciano art foundation (maf) | los angeles, ca

 

installation view

ai weiwei | sunflower seeds | 49 tons of porcelain sunflower seeds | 2010

ai weiwei | spouts | thousands of teapot spouts dating as far back as the song dynasty (960-1279) | 2015

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

closed:

cao/humanity

4 october-1 december 2018

united talent agency (uta) artist space | beverly hills, ca

 

installation view

photo credit uta artist space via artsy

 

the highlight of our art filled pre-holiday day trip to los angeles…

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

calder: nonspace

27 october 2018-6 january 2019

hauser & wirth | los angeles, ca

organized in collaboration with the calder foundation | new york, ny

 

alexander calder (1898-1976) | 3 segments | 1973

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled | 1955

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

installation view

alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled | 1941

alexander calder (1898-1976) | 4 planes in space | 1955 | calder foundation, new york, NY

alexander calder (1898-1976) | 4 planes in space (maquette) | 1955

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

alexander calder (1898-1976) | black petals | 1939

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

installation view

alexander calder (1898-1976) | untitled | 1939

alexander calder (1898-1976) | title & date unknown

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

alexander calder (1898-1976) | haverford variation | 1944

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

last year, umbrellas (ombrelli).

september 2017

via mazzini and via garibaldi | pietrasanta, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

this year, butterflies (farfalle).

september 2018

via mazzini and via garibaldi | pietrasanta, italy

viale versilia | marina di pietrasanta, italy

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

or actually, mariposas.  after a sculpture by spanish artist, manolo valdés.  from manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation), the annual summer art exhibition sponsored by the comune di pietrasanta (town of pietrasanta) from 16 june-4 november 2018.

manolo valdés | mariposas | aluminum | 2015

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

valdés’ works are contemporary interpretations of classic works with art historical importance, by masters such as velázquez (1599-1660), rembrandt (1606-1669), or matisse (1869-1954).

henri matisse (1869-1954) | femme au chapeau (woman with a hat) | 1905 | san francisco musuem of modern art (sfmoma) | san francisco, ca

photo credit sfmoma

manolo valdés | retrato (portrait) | oil on burlap | 2017 | opera gallery | dubai, united arab emirates

photo credit opera gallery

manolo valdés | pamela | aluminum | 2015

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pontile di tonfano (tonfano pier) | marina di pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit contini galleria d’arte via facebook

foreground: manolo valdés | irene | bronze | 2006

background: manolo valdés | caballero | bronze | 2005

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manolo valdés | double imogen | marble and steel | 2016

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manolo valdés | clio dorada | brass and steel | 2017

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

manolo valdés | regina II | bronze | 2005

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

piazza del duomo | pietrasanta, italy

manolo valdés: poetica della traduzione (the poetics of intrepretation) | pietrasanta, italy | 16 june-4 november 2018

photo credit lisa walsh | innerspace

 

click here to read my previous post about the pietrasanta contemporary sculpture park.

manuel neri:  assertion of the figure

anderson collection at stanford university | palo alto, CA

14 september 2017-12 february 2018

an art exhibition that includes eleven sculptures, reliefs, and works on paper by (san francisco) bay area figurative sculptor manuel neri.  recently gifted to the anderson collection (art museum) at stanford university by the manuel neri trust.

top to bottom:

manuel neri | standing figure I | pigment on plaster | 1974 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | standing figure II | pigment on plaster | 1982

 

isn’t the juxtaposition of the manuel neri sculptures with figurative, abstract, and abstract expressionist paintings by richard deibenkorn (another member of the bay area figurative art movement) and joan mitchell outstanding?

top (left to right):

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | girl on the beach | oil on canvas | 1957

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

richard deibenkorn (1922-1993) | ocean park #60 | oil on canvas | 1973

bottom (left to right):

joan mitchell | before, again IV | oil on canvas | 1985

manuel neri | untitled female figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

manuel neri | untitled male figure | plaster and pigment | 1958 | courtesy of hackett | mill and the manuel neri trust, san francisco, CA

photo credits lisa walsh | innerspace

 

during the exhibition, seven additional sculptures by manuel neri, which are on temporary loan to the anderson collection from hackett | mill art gallery in san francisco, are installed outside of the museum.  their adjacency to the rodin sculpture garden at the cantor arts center at stanford university, which is located next door, is equally outstanding.