'English Library' Books
AA.VV. Keats and Italy
Elizabeth Wahn Lindsey and the Jedgar
Nancy Watkins The Poet's Room
Art and Artists
Chalices of light, star flowers, flowers of fire, mirages,
arabesques and other wondrous flowers form a fantastical garden: the
Visionary Flowers exhibit features the original
grattage tablets of these drawings, published in Nancy Watkins’
most recent book, Il fiore è un’idea, with rhymed
legends by Lucio Persio (Il Labirinto, 2012).
Nancy Watkins’ artwork has been
featured on many book and magazine covers, including various editions
of poems of Keats, Shelley and Byron. After her 2007 solo show, The
Poet's Room, and the 2012 collective, Illustrating Keats,
this is the third time that the American artist exhibits at the Keats-Shelley
Museum. Born in Chicago, she lives in Rome.
The Keats-Shelley House
Arte in Copertina, an exhibit featuring over a hundred original works of art done expressly for Il Labirinto books by thirteen modern artists, opened June 11 in the magnificent Salone Borromini of the Biblioteca Vallicelliana in Rome.
Bibilioteca Vallicelliana, Piazza Chiesa Nuova 18 (near Piazza Navona) Running from June 11-June 17, 2009
A curious heart with open eyes drawn by Bruno Ceccobelli for the tumultuous verse of Annelisa Alleva's Lettera in forma di sonetto; Gianni Dessì's convivial figure in a Latin-Etruscan pose for Syringa by John Ashbery; Piero Pizzi Cannella's nocturnal lizards for Edoardo Albinati's military poem Capodanno del VAM; Enrico Pulsoni's mineral and vegetable heraldry; roses, divers, poppies by Giuseppe Salvatori; Ruggero Savinio's saturnine mythologies; Guido Strazza's broken columns for the arduous and broken verse of Hopkins; the hypnotic architecture of Marco Tirelli; a self-portrait as a ram by Sergio Vacchi; Nancy Watkins' Fire Flowers for Elizabeth Barrett Browning's Sonetti dal Portoghese: these are among the hundred and more drawings and paintings done expressly for the books of the Edizioni Il Labirinto by well known contemporary artists.
The original artwork, together with the books, will be on display in the Salone Borromini of the Biblioteca Vallicelliana in Rome. The exhibition opens Thursday 11 June, 16:30 with videoclips and live readings by authors.
Il Labirinto publishes modern Italian poetry, narrative, essay, art as well as works in translation. Special attention is reserved to art with contemporary artists invited to do artwork for each book.
An article on the event
Books to Cherish: An Extraordinary Exhibit for
The paperless society which promises reading anything anywhere (even on cell phone screens) is fast arriving. While this may be fine for quick reads, how does it affect book lovers who cherish the elegance and permanence of paper, the grand tradition of literature and art working together? Where can we find modern works that merit being thumbed through slowly, lovingly read, and treasured?
Arte in Copertina, an exhibit featuring over a hundred original works of art done expressly for Il Labirinto books by thirteen modern artists, will be opening June 11 in the magnificent Biblioteca Vallicelliana. The collection reflects the ideal library containing poetry—classics in translation and contemporary—narratives and essays. Artists include well known Italians Ceccobelli, Dessì, Janich, Pizzi Cannella, Pulsoni, Salvatori, Savinio, Strazza, Tirelli, Vacchi.
At the opening event, American artist Nancy Watkins will speak on the relationship between poetry and art. She has often done artwork for books, almost two dozen of which will be on display. Her 2007 Keats Museum exhibit catalog, The Poet's Room, addressed this in depth. The key, according to her, lies in finding a common spirit and points of contact: "Painting must remain painting but enrich itself with the rhythm, the truths and, yes, the color of poetry." In image after image she does just that, whether it be her flaming Fire Flowers for Barrett Browning's intense love poems, or delicate Forget-me-not flowers for Keats, or nocturnal animals, mysterious interiors, impervious mountain landscapes, soaring globes, dancing skeletons, the entrancing Entrance series, and a nude Lesbia for a modern translation of classical poet, Catullus.
As for the setting of this unique exhibit, the Salone
Borromini, designed by Borromini in 1631, is worth a visit in itself.
Originally an Oratory, it is the actual site where the musical term
Oratorio was born. The vast space is a real movie set with two story
high bookcases that hold precious manuscript books, some dating as far
back as 700 a.d. The exhibit opens on June 11, 4:30 pm with videoclips
and readings in Italian by the authors and runs through June 17, Mon-Fri
10 a.m. -1 p.m.
About the publisher
Il Labirinto is a quality Italian publisher specialized in poetry, narrative, essay and art. All books contain original artwork done expressly for them by contemporary artists. Many of the first edition books are issued in numbered copies and some have hand-sewn bindings. The Il Labirinto web site features live readings by Italian poets.
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