Posts Tagged ‘carrara’

2017 Carrara Residency Update

Now in its 6th year, the ABC Stone-sponsored Carrara Residency Merit Award is cultivating a future for the artistic practice of traditional stone carving. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

The 2017 Carrara Residents are Jorge Vascano and Christina Giuffrida. They spent 4 weeks at Corsanini Studios learning this craft from master mentor and professional sculptor, Stephen Shaheen. The works they started realizing in Italy will be shipped back to the States for completion and will be unveiled and on view at ABC’s Residency celebration coming in March 2018.

Past Merit Award recipients have gone on to work for esteemed sculptors Barry X Ball, Jeff Koons, & Barbara Segal among others.




“Le Poids de mes Ambitions” and “Y Train”, sculptures created by 2016 Merit Award recipients, Brice Esso and Jiannan Wu will be on view and up for auction at Sotheby’s during the New York Academy of Art fundraiser, Take Home a Nude, on October 11th. For further information and tickets: https://nyaa.edu/nude

                  

2016 Carrara Residency Party Retrospective

For the past 6 years, ABC Stone, in cooperation with New York Academy of Art, has sponsored a stone sculpting Artist Residency in Carrara, Italy, as part of its ongoing commitment to promoting the use of stone in artistic practice. Based at Corsanini Studios, located at the foothills of Apuan Alps, the Carrara Residency exposes students to the global art world, helps them cultivate lifelong relationships, and hone their craft in an immersive environment.

To honor the sculptures produced by the recipients of the 2016 Artist Residency in Carrara, New York Academy of Art students, Jiannan Wu and Brice Esso, ABC Stone held a celebration in its colorful Brooklyn warehouse.

As aerial acrobats entertained guests with their graceful maneuvers overhead, below were enjoyed dozens of new sculptures, from the hyperrealist sculptor Robin Antar, Stephen Shaheen, Barbara Segal, Alasdair Thomson, Michael Kukla, and Barry X Ball among others.

Brice Esso is a perfect example of a contemporary Renaissance Man. Born in Cote d’Ivoire in 1991, his childhood was filled with experiences that helped shape his sensibility for art and culture. Although his family had different expectations for him, he decided to travel abroad to pursue his college degree in America. While completing a Bachelor’s degree in business, Brice reconnected with his passion for visual arts. It is at New York Academy of Art that Brice continues to develop his skills as a sculptor.

Jiannan Wu is celebrated as a young artist specializing in sculpture and drawing. Born in 1990 in Dalian, China, Jiannan started to learn painting and drawing at the age of seven. From 2009 to 2014 he studied sculpture at the China Academy of Art, Hangzhou, and graduated with a BFA. He works in both sculpture and drawing, and is interested in the relationship between image and sculpture. In his creative approach, he uses the combination of two-dimensional images and three-dimensional sculptures—the perspective effect of pictures is utilized in his sculptures.

ABC is honored to have had the opportunity to further the education of these promising young artists. It is our belief that deepening the awareness of stone commensurately widens respect for this venerable medium and millennia-old tradition of transforming it through highly skilled craft.

Entertainment provided: Adair Moran Aerialists

Lighting: Ken Farmer & Kyle Garner of Wild Dogs International

Music provided: DJ Leecy T

Photography: Elliot Goldstein

Culinary delights: Halcyon Gourmet

Photobooth fun: Mashbooths

Have any pictures of the event? Upload and tag @ABCStone or #LiveYourLifeInStone.

2017 Tribeca Ball

New York Academy of Art requests the honor of your presence at the 2017 Tribeca Ball! Guests will have the opportunity to explore all six floors of the historic Franklin Street building that houses NYAA, while visiting with 110 MFA artists in their studios over cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Dinner guests move on to an elegant meal prepared by renowned chef Daniel Boulud. With live entertainment, and surprises around every corner, the evening is guaranteed to dazzle even the most inveterate partygoer. ABC would be delighted if you’d join us in attending!


Your support will directly impact the Academy’s scholarships and educational programming, allowing it to fulfill its mission of training the most talented emerging artists in the skills and techniques essential to the creation of vital contemporary art.

For tickets visit: tribecaball.com.

This is… Carrara



Awash with translucent light bouncing off the bedrock about 60 miles northwest of Florence sits Carrara. In addition to its world-renowned marble quarries, the city has academies of sculpture and fine arts and a museum of statuary and antiquities, and a yearly marble technology fair. The local marble is exported around the world, and marble from elsewhere is also fashioned and sculpted commercially here. Take a few moments and breathe in the sweeping vistas of magnificent Carrara.

Italy’s Corsanini Studios Comes to Vermont’s Carving Studio

WEST RUTLAND — For many, Carrara and marble are synonymous. For those in Carrara, Italy, Vermont marble has its own appeal and history. At the West Rutland Carving Studio & Sculpture Center, Italian Week offers a chance for sculptors to learn about the Italian carving technique and culture.

Leonardo Corsanini and Andrea Ingrassia of the Corsanini Studio in Carrara, Italy, are spending the week in Vermont sharing their knowledge.

“Carrara is the center of production of marble and also the artistic component. If there is a place in the world that also wants to deepen, expand their activity in terms of the artistic practice around marble, I feel a moral responsibility to help in that,” Corsanini said through sculptor Stephen Shaheen, who translated. Shaheen spent time at the Corsanini Studio through a grant and takes groups to Italy.

The Quarry Life by Paola Tazzini Cha


Always awe-inspiring, rugged, and stunningly honest, Italian photographer, Paola Tazzini Cha captures the fluid life of Italian marble quarries and the sculptures and artworks derived from them. We were privileged to feature Paola’s series “Tools” in our Spring 2014 group show at Gallery ABC and recently we asked her to tell us a bit about her education, inspiration, and process behind her breath-taking quarry photos. Here’s what she had to say