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Gallery to feature Italian artist, Cestari, former artist-in-residence, Marcus


January 4, 2008

Wake Forest University’s Charlotte and Philip Hanes Art Gallery will present two individual exhibits from Jan. 10 to Feb. 10 featuring mixed-media works by Gianni Cestari and oil pastel drawings by Irving Marcus.  Both exhibits are free and open to the public.

In an exhibit titled, “Immagini dal Mare (Images from the Sea),” Cestari combines images and text in various degrees of abstraction that reflect the human desire for escape and exploration in works evoking the elemental forces of nature—sea, earth and sky.  His current work involves the “re-visioning” of maps and illustrations previously removed from a 1691 Venetian atlas.

"Cestari’s art seems to swirl out of the confluence of past and present, from the very beginnings of the idea of ‘globalization’ and recurrent long-distance travel and trade, to our present interconnectedness,” notes Paul Bright, assistant director of the gallery.

Cestari lives in his hometown, Bondeno, Italy, where he also works as a designer and book illustrator.  He has shown his work widely in Italy and Europe.  This will be his first solo exhibition in the United States.

"Works on Paper” is an exhibition of 15 oil pastel drawings by Marcus, including several from the university’s own collection.  Marcus was one of the first artists selected for Wake Forest’s Rockefeller Artist-in-Residence program in 1979, and during his residency, he also taught classes at the North Carolina School of the Arts and staged a solo exhibition at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art.

Marcus received his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Iowa in 1952, and he has exhibited nationally in major museums and galleries.  He is known for his use of vivid color combined with playful, expressionistic interpretations of his subject matter.

"Many of his works appear as ‘snapshots’ from stories in progress, and as such, invite the viewer to fill in details and make a personal interpretation of the ‘captured moment,’” observes Victor Faccinto, gallery director.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, call 336-758-5585.

Press Contacts:

Eric Frazier
(336) 758-5237


Kevin Cox
(336) 758-5237


Untitled work from a series titled "Vorrei Volare (I Would Like to Fly)," 2005, mixed media on paper & cardboard frame by Gianni Cestari.
Untitled work from a series titled "Vorrei Volare (I Would Like to Fly)," 2005, mixed media on paper & cardboard frame by Gianni Cestari.
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"Tower of Pleasure," 2002, oil pastel on paper by Irving Marcus.
"Tower of Pleasure," 2002, oil pastel on paper by Irving Marcus.
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