Keith de Lellis Gallery

Wall Street Journal
The April 23-24th, 2011 issue of The Wall Street Journal features
a review by William Meyers of our exhibition.


Alberto Galducci, Untitled, 1953


Antonio Amaduzzi, Idillio, 1960

KEITH DE LELLIS GALLERY
1045 MADISON AVENUE (between 79th & 80th Streets)

In at least a quarter of the 41 Italian landscapes at De Lellis there is a solitary figure, often so small the terrain must be carefully searched to find it. In several other instances there are two diminutive figures. The purpose of this convention does not seem to be to show puny mortals dwarfed by nature, but to indicate that the landscape is not complete without the inclusion of a human. This makes sense, since the earth has been cultivated for so long in Italy, there can be little of it that is "natural," that has not been configured to be sowed and planted and built upon for the benefit of those who live on it, and off of it. In any case, the figures are at home in the scenery.

Like all the other pictures, Alberto Galducci's "Untitled" (1953) is small format and black and white. There are two naked trees in the foreground, a hedge leading to the distance, some indeterminate architectural feature and, in the lower right corner, in lieu of a solitary figure, a view camera on a tripod. This signals the presence of man, and makes a witty image to initiate the show. In Stanislao Farri's "Lago di Mantera" (c. 1965), the lone figure stands with a fishing pole on a bit of firm ground at the edge of the marshy lake. In Guido Fumo's "Paesaggio" (c. 1955), the wee figure in the foreground looks out at two cows, three sheep, a few trees and the furrowed land; immemorial Italy.

óWilliam Meyers

Mr. Meyers writes about photography for the Wall Street Journal.
See his works at www.williammeyersphotography.com

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Costain, Untitled (NYC Panorama), c.1930
Stanislao Farri, Lago di Mantera, c. 1965

 

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