Italy’s only Abstract Expressionist | Apollo Magazine

From the July/August 2022 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. In 1958, Vincent Price – an art historian and collector as well as a legendary horror movie actor – let Ed Murrow’s show, Person to Person, into his Los Angeles home. Tens of millions of viewers watched as Price proudly pointed out the abstract … Read more

What Can We Learn From Italy’s Early Leftist Modernists?

In the period between Italy’s unification as a nation in 1871 and its entry into World War One in 1915, the country faced enormous problems. Political instability was met with ferocious class struggles and mass emigration. All of this strife led to extreme poverty and socioeconomic inequality. Staging Injustice: Italian Art 1880-1917 at the Center … Read more

The Rocchetta Mattei, Italy’s Hearst Castle

From the December 2021 issue of Apollo. Preview and subscribe here. Perched atop a hill at the base of the Apennines, halfway between Bologna and Pistoia, stands one of the strangest buildings in Italy. Begun in 1850, and continually under construction for the next 70 years, the Rocchetta Mattei is Italy’s Hearst Castle, its Xanadu: … Read more