Monday, November 2, 2015

Morandi at CIMA

Bill and I were excited when we read that the Center for Italian Modern Art was showing work by the Italian painter Giorgio Morandi.
 When we arrived we wandered into CIMA's large front room where we found one of Morandi's rare self-portraits (1930).
We were early for our tour of the collection so the staff offered us espresso -- a very welcoming gesture (and the coffee was delicious).
In the front room we found: Natura morta (Still Life), 1935, oil on canvas 
 Natura morta (Still Life), 1931, oil on canvas
Three Morandi paintings 
 Grande natura morta con cattettiera (Large Still Life with Coffee Pot), 1933. Etching.
with detail.
Your narrator at work. 
Natura morta a grandi segni (Still Life with Large Signs), 1931. Etching.
Natura morta a grandi segni (detail) 
CIMA's clothing check room had a wonderful lighting fixture made out of Campari[?] bottles.
 CIMA also has a show of Joel Meyerowitz photographs of objects in Morandi's Italian studio. Above a staff desk here's a Meyerowitz photo that was not in the show.
 In the long hallway that leads to the main room were some outstanding oil on canvas landscapes and still lives. Paesaggio (Landscape), c. 1935-36.
 Paesaggio (Landscape), 1936.
Natura morta ( Still Life), 1923.
 Natura morta (Still Life), 1929.
 Natura morta ( Still Life), 1938.
Let's end our tour on this exquisite, delicate Still Life from 1955. You must book a tour to see this show. It is on until June 2016. CIMA is on Broome Street in the heart of Soho.

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