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Sallie Whistler Marcucci

 

 

LA Artcore was proud to present "Whistler's Aunt", the first California exhibition by artist Sallie Whistler Marcucci, in January, 2011. This exhibition featured the artist's latest paintings.

Sallie Whistler Marcucci's works have a beautiful, poetic vibrancy in her imagery - a resonant energy with an harmonious flow like music. In this sense it is "pure painting", expanding moment by moment with vitality and force. Using a musical metaphor, Sallie Whistler Marcucci blends the free-flow improvisation of jazz atop the formality and structure of classical music.

On one hand, Sallie Whistler Marcucci's pictures seem modern. Bold patters and flat shapes are composed with abstract discipline, but the images are evocative of ancient Roman cities, Medieval tapestries and Japanese paintings. Her touch is delicate, but the overall image results complex and bold. Each work is a construction of overlapping layers of thin acrylic paint, creating a uniform but rich textural effect. A precise sense of graphic value embodies a variety of contrasts: intricate detail, bold composition and whispered nuance.

 



 

LA Artcore is proud to presents "Whistler's Aunt", the first California exhibition by artist Sallie Whistler Marcucci. This exhibition will feature the artist's latest paintings.

Sallie Whistler Marcucci's works have a beautiful, poetic vibrancy in her imagery - a resonant energy with an harmonious flow like music. In this sense it is "pure painting", expanding moment by moment with vitality and force. Using a musical metaphor, Sallie Whistler Marcucci blends the free-flow improvisation of jazz atop the formality and structure of classical music.

On one hand, Sallie Whistler Marcucci's pictures seem modern. Bold patterns and flat shapes are composed with abstract discipline, but the images are evocative of ancient Roman cities, Medieval tapestries and Japanese paintings. Her touch is delicate, but the overall image results complex and bold. Each work is a construction of overlapping layers of thin acrylic paint, creating a uniform but rich textural effect. A precise sense of graphic value embodies a variety of contrasts: intricate detail, bold composition and whispered nuance.

Perhaps the most attractive element in her paintings is the air of mystery that permeates the imagery. This might be the result of her creating process, where shapes and patterns are created, to then be masked, blended or even erased by the subsequent layers of paint. Sometimes entire compositions are hidden from view - buried under the last layer of paint - but their ghosts images is still felt.

 

            

 

Sallie Whistler Marcucci (a descendant of American artist James Abbott McNeill Whistler), began studying art with Hans Joachim Staude soon after moving to Florence, Italy, in the early 50's. In 1956, she attended the Art Student's League in New York to study lithography and etching with artist Harry Sternberg, then studied watercolor with Oskar Kokoschka in Salzburg, Austria.

An Atlanta-native and an Italian resident, the artist's past exhibitions includes shows held at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, Georgia, the 1972 Two Worlds Festival in Spoleto, Italy, Galleria Lancilotto in Rome, Palazzo Strozzi and Torre di Bellosguardo in Florence in 1976, Ann Jacob Gallery in Atlanta and Ann Jacob Gallery in Palm Beach in 1989, University of Brenau, Athens, Georgia, in 1989, Centro d’Arte Visive, in Piombino, Italy, in 2006, La Torre di San Vincenzo and Zanzibar in San Vincenzo, Italy in 2009.

 



 

She also participated in group exhibitions such as the "Fête de Saint Maur sur Loir" at Chateau de Memillon, France, Temple University Abroad in Rome 1974, “Etruriarte Salone di Arte Contemporanea" in Venturina, Italy, and in a group exhibition held in Piazza Donatello, in Florence, where she was awarded the “Province of Florence” medal.

Sallie Whistler Marcucci collaborated with the Canadian photographer Roloff Beny on four books: Persia, Bridge of Turquoise, 1975; Iran, Elements of Destiny, 1978; Odyssey, 1981; and Rajasthan, 1984. She also contributed drawings, cartoons and illustrations to Roman newspapers, Il Messagero, (1980-84), and La Repubblica, (1985-91), as well as a number of magazines and books published in Europe and the U.S.A.

The artist presently resides in Tuscany, Italy.

Carlo Marcucci