Painters Exploring Italy

Beryl Landau and Anthony Holdsworth

September 14 to October 13, 2017

Opening Reception, Thurs. Sept. 14, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

Video Presentation: Sept. 28, 6:30 PM

Istituto Italiano di Cultura

601 Van Ness Avenue

Opera Plaza, SF

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View from the Trastevere, Landau                                                                               The Fish Market, Catania, Holdsworth

View from the Trastevere, Landau                                                                               The Fish Market, Catania, Holdsworth

Background on this exhibition:

My arrival in Italy in the late Sixties utterly changed my life. I reached Florence penniless having hitchhiked from Paris. By chance, I was offered a job helping clean up the churches after the catastrophic flood of Nov 1966. I soon became Head of Outdoor Restoration for the Uffizi. Thus I was able to live for a year and half in a tiny rooftop apartment just a stone's throw from the Palazzo Vecchio at a time when the historic center was still a thriving Italian city. Almost below my 'attico', on Via dei Rustici,  was a tiny butcher shop. The butcher would compose extemporaneous verse to accompany each purchase. Also close by was a trattoria frequented by Florentine transvestites. 

The traditional quality of Florentine life was a revelation to me. I could walk fifteen minutes into the hills beyond the city walls and stand in fields where the 'contadini' were ploughing with oxen. Or I could wander the narrow streets of the Oltrarno where craftsmen still practiced trades initiated in the Renaissance. One of my favorite places to hang out and sketch was the Mercato Centrale which, in those days had a large outdoor market filled with wheeled carts with bright awnings. Today it is a parking lot.

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What made the most lasting impression on me, as an artist, was the intimate connection between the art on the walls of the churches and the daily life of Florentines. 

Returning to Italy with Beryl Landau !984 - 2014

Beryl above Taormina                                                      Approaching Stromboli                                       Painting the Fish Market, Catania

Beryl above Taormina                                                      Approaching Stromboli                                       Painting the Fish Market, Catania

I returned to Italy, for the first time, in the mid eighties with Beryl Landau. We enjoyed traveling and painting in the 'Bel Paese' so much that we continued to visit every other year. This exhibition features a small selection of the work we created over these three decades.

                              The Amalfi Coast, Landau                                                                             Piazza Kalsa, Palermo. Holdsworth

                              The Amalfi Coast, Landau                                                                             Piazza Kalsa, Palermo. Holdsworth

                         Roman outlook, Landau                                                        Cinque Terre out my Window, Holdsworth

                         Roman outlook, Landau                                                        Cinque Terre out my Window, Holdsworth

Video Screening, Thursday, September 28, 6:30 PM

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The 38 minute video that we will screen at the Istituto is a visual diary of our last two month painting excursion. Though mostly focused on our travels from Catania, Sicily via the Aeolian Islands, Naples and Rome to Emilia-Romagna, it also makes passing reference to the huge changes that I have witnessed in Italy since the mid Sixties.  It features guitar and mandolin music by Hugo Wainzinger and Al Fabrizio.

After the screening we will answer questions about our travels and our paintings. Join us!

Anthony painting above Naples.                                                                      Leaving Catania.                    Beryl above Castellammare                                                                            

Anthony painting above Naples.                                                                      Leaving Catania.                    Beryl above Castellammare