The Wall Street International website has a piece on the ongoing Leicester Botanical Gardens International Sculpture exhibition. It features two photos of my “Ninfea” bronze sculpture, by photographer Steve Russell. Alan Cane writes: “Across the pond, Maria Gamundi’s NINFEA, brings us an enchanting detailed image of a nude women floating amongst water lilies. Finely finished, this is a delicate romantic work which provides a memorable finale as we leave the arbour.”
The exhibition continues until the 26th of October, 2014.
The article opens with these paragraphs: “In straitened times, power of sculpture to inspire is explored at outdoor exhibition free and open to the public •World-class artists come together in Leicester for exhibition dedicated to Professor Sir Robert Burgess, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Leicester,
•45 sculptures by 33 internationally-renowned artists on display in 16-acre award-winning garden
‘A public exhibition shouldn’t be self-indulgent, it should be an effort to enrich people’s lives. Sculpture has a way of energising people – and I want to bring that to Leicester’- Helaine Blumenfeld OBE
Wet weather has turned the Botanical gardens in Leicester, UK, into lush, green areas which become backgrounds for this year’s captivating exhibition (June 15 to October 26.) The drama created by a large number of monumental bronze and marble sculptures joins the voices of smaller works which carry with them more delicate marks. The variety of materials and styles offers a sense of grace and power which stem from the artists’ preoccupation with ideas, intimations and materials. Its shapes and rhythms can, almost always, be read without complicated explanations.”
Read the rest of the article, and see more pictures from the show, on the WSI website, linked here.
I posted previously about “The Gossipers” – one of my monumental bronze sculptures which I produced at the Mariani Foundry in Pietrasanta, and you can read about it and see pictures by clicking here.
These are photos of the private commission in its final location. I have several monumental bronze sculptures in private collections in the United States, England, the Netherlands, Italy and elsewhere. I get great satisfaction from seeing my works in their new homes, because they take on a new life – it is always amazing to me to see how naturally they sit in their new settings, as if they’d always been there.
The photos are by Rafael Rodriguez.
Here is a quick glance at one of my bronze sculpture – in progress. It’s a rare chance to see the work without the final patina, which the capable artigiani at the Mariani Bronze Foundry in Pietrasanta – where the piece was cast – will apply.
Without the patina one can see the fine craftsmanship that the artisans are able to achieve. You can visit the Mariani Foundry website, linked here.
“The Gossipers” is my playful meditation on two figure’s relationship with each others and the space between them. It nearly 2 meters tall and is a private commission.
You can visit my website to see more pictures of my work, linked here.
Art Basel Miami is one of the most important art shows in the Americas.
This year it runs from December 6th through 9th 2012.
Miami is a wonderful city and a vibrant art center, but it really comes alive for one of the world’s pre-eminent art events: Art Basel Miami. When you’re in Miami, make sure to visit the Artspace Virginia Miller Galleries!
I have a series of nudes – sculptures in marble, terracotta and bronze available through Virginia Miller – this is a link to my page on Artspace Virginia Miller Galleries.
ArtSpace Virginia Miller Galleries
169 Madeira Avenue, Coral Gables (Miami), Florida 33134
tel: 305 444 4493 fax: 305 444 9844
For more information: email@example.com
Here is a link to Art Basel Miami Beach.
And here is a link to my website.
There are 10 more days to see my solo sculpture exibition in Pietrasanta’s Sala delle Grasce. There are 19 sculptures in marble and bronze on view in “Maria Gamundi, Marmo & Bronzo.” I am showing some work for the first time: one is: “Abbraccio” (Embrace) is a composition featuring a couple in a loving embrace. It is made out of statuary marble from Monte Altissimo. Other works are my “Ninfea,” a large format bronze sculpture – as well as some of my “Bathers,” a series of nudes.
The show closes the 14th of October (below are the hours.) Contact me via email if you would like to see the exhibition during other hours, by appointment.
My email address is mlgamundi (at) Yahoo (dot) it
The show is open from 4:30pm to 8pm. And on weekends also from 10am to 12:30pm. Closed Mondays.
I publish a series of photos from the exhibition – there’s more to see!
“Marmo & Bronzo”
Until October 14th, 2012
In the Sala Grasce
For more information contact: tel: +39 0584 795500
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This is a photo of me working on “Claudia,” – one of my series of nudes – in statuary marble, which my friends at the “Amici del Centro Arti Visive di Pietrasanta” printed after my “talk” of last Tuesday. The Centro Arti Visive promotes the arts and the artists working in Pietrasanta – they produce events – like my talk – where the artists working in the marble laboratories and bronze foundries of Pietrasanta get a chance to meet the people of the city.
This is a link to the article about my talk on the “Amici del Centro Arti Visive di Pietrasanta” website.
This is a link to the Centro Arti Visive. And this, is a link to my website.
This is my sculpture “Awakening” – I made this one after I sculpted “Conforto,” which was another nude, a very self-contained and inwardly set piece – whereas “Awakening” is open… hopeful; she celebrates the dawning of the new day.
In the photo above, I am working on the clay model, in my studio – below you can see the two versions I made – one in Marmo statuario, Statuary Marble, and the other in bronze. These two were made in the marble studios and bronze foundries of Pietrasanta, the charming little city on Tuscany’s northwestern coast, known as “Italy’s Little Athens,” for its artistic life.
You can visit my website here: www.mariagamundi.it.
I am having a solo sculpture exhibition starting next week! “Awakening” will not be in the show, but there’ll be other new and older works in marble and in bronze. Be sure to check back for details! The show is called “Maria Gamundi, Marmo & Bronzo” and it’s at the Sala Grasce in Pietrasanta. The opening – of which I’ll give you more details soon, is this Saturday the 15th of September at 6pm.
“Soleil” is carved in fine statuary marble. She measures 91.5 x 33.5 x 43.5 cm. The foto is by Stefano Baroni
This is “The Observers” one of the most sought-after sculptures of mine. It’s an edition of three, with two artist’s copies. I’ve sold all three and one of the artist’s copies … so there’s only one available for sale.
This composition is of three slightly larger than life-size nudes who, while gazing towards the horizon, also contemplate inwardly. They were exhibited for the first time at the international sculpture exhibition “Boulevard des Sculptures 2002” in Kijkduin, Den Haag, in the Netherlands.
“The Observers” was cast at the Fonderia Artistica Mariani, in Pietrasanta, where I do all my casting.
My work is primarily based on the female figure. I work instinctively trying to give my sculptures life and emotions. Although I find anatomy important I do not copy a model. I simplify the forms to their essence, the abstract qualities such as volume, surface and negative spaces become more important than an exact reproduction. I am a perfectionist, working on the figure from every angle, constantly going over the surface eliminating anything that might detract from the purity of the form without taking away from the power of its expression. To me art has to engage your emotions. This is the difference between art and artistic objects – which may be beautiful and of exquisite manufacture, but remain inert without a life of their own. A sculpture has to have a presence which engages and captures your emotions – and cannot be ignored.
I live and work around Pietrasanta, Italy, which is known for its marble laboratories and bronze foundries.
I am a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors, and here is a link to my website.
Il mio lavoro si basa soprattutto sulla figura femminile. Lavoro instintivamente cercando di dare alle mie sculture vita ed emozioni. Anche se credo che l’anatomia sia molto importante, non copio il modello. Semplifico le forme fino all’essenza, e le qualitá astratte dei volumi, della superfice e degli spazi negativi diventano, per me, piu importanti di una riproduzione fedele. Sono una perfezionista, e lavoro sulla figura da tutti i profili, continuamente riguardando la superfice eliminando qualsiasi cosa che possa detrarre dalla purezza della forma, senza diminuirne l’impatto espressivo. Per me l’arte deve coinvolgere le emozioni. Questa é la differenza tra l’arte e un oggetto d’arte che puo essere bello e fatto squisitamente, ma rimae un oggetto inerte senza una sua vita propria. Una scultura deve avere una presenza che cattura le emozioni – e non puo essere ignorata.
Vivo e lavoro a Pietrasanta, Italia, citta conosciuta per i suoi laboratori di marmo e le sue fonderie di bronzo.
Sono membro della Royal British Society of Sculptors, ed ecco un link al mio sito ufficiale.