Fall 2010 Newsletter
Cari Amici, Buon Autunno!
We have big plans for the future and lots to report. Since the last Newsletter, BAU
Institute hosted two arts residencies in Otranto, with 40 creative residents and 4
prestigious critics. Lucio Pozzi and Stephen Westfall joined us this year.
In ten years, over 400 fellows and students have participated in BAU programs
to transform and rejuvenate their work. We love to hear the news of their
accomplishments: books published, art exhibited and buildings created. Please
scroll down, read and respond.
Table of Contents
BAU Editions Print Portfolio
Otranto Residency 2009
Otranto Residency 2010
AAA Exhibition, Castle of Otranto
Steven Holl Exhibition, Castle of Acaya
Carlo Cego Exhibitions, Otranto and Lecce
The June 2011 Otranto Residency is open for applications with options for two
week or one month stays. There will be housing and studios for seven residents
this season. Apply now!
For information <http://www.bauinstitute.org/news_10/residency2011.html >
An experimental intaglio printmaking workshop, Primo Piano Atelier, is being offered by an exciting young Gallery in Lecce, Primo PianoLivin Gallery. They will make individual arrangements to acommodate BAU residents.
While we await the final approval of our 501(3)(c) status from the IRS, we will continue to be a sponsored fund of Fractured Atlas. We are very close to independence! BAU Institute is grateful to Fractured Atlas for their five years of fiscal sponsorship and guidance. Year-End Tax Free donations to support BAU artists can be made here: <http://www.bauinstitute.org/donate.html>
We have updated the BAU Website with a new webmaster, Beth Netelkos <http://www.plexifish.com>. She is trading her web expertise for a painting residency. Check out the better functioning new navigation bar and come back often as we add more pictures and new pages. We are especially excited about the Fellows and Critics pages coming very soon! <http://www.bauinstitute.org>
An exciting new program is being planned to open in 2012, only 30 minutes
from Otranto. Under the auspices of BAU Institute, two young architects from
Lecce University, are renovating their family’s historic palazzo in Sternatia.
With its stables for studios and orangerie gardens it will house the Italian arts
residency for an additional 6 months, after June in Otranto. This will increase the
possibilities for longer projects.
We are continuing the informal symposium, tentatively titled, The Origins of
Abstraction. It is a flexible platform for presentations and performances to partner
with other funded programs. Please contact Marthe to discuss your ideas.
The BAU Institute Board is now comprised of Paola Iacucci, President, Marthe
Keller, Director, Jay Lonschein, Treasurer, Beverly Nelson, Robin Noble, and
Araby Smyth, Secretary. Board building is a continuing process with a goal of 9
||Araby Smyth, our beloved administrator, will leave to go to
graduate school. Araby will be hard to replace, but we are grateful
that she will be available to train her successor. We have begun the
search for a new administrator who will start immediately.
The President of the region of Puglia, Nichi Vendola, spoke in New York recently.
We were inspired by Vendola’s vision for the future of Italy and the South. He said,
“people are like angels with only one wing, they need to be joined together to fly.”
As founders of BAU institute, Marthe and Paola share his idea that connection
with each other may take root in a particular place, but it can reach out to the
world. This narrative about ties and memory made us want to hear from you!!
Please take a moment to respond:
• Beyond the residency do you see yourself as part of an on-going community?
• How can the bau institute continue to be a vital part of your creative life?
• Does Building Arts and Urbanism offer a platform for your ideas and projects?
• What would excite you about continuing to be a part of BAU Institute?
• Include the link to your website here to be added to a new Fellows list on our
Email your answers and comments here <firstname.lastname@example.org>
BAU Editions First Print Portfolio
BAU Institute Editions 2010 was created to offer artists a mini printmaking
residency and support BAU Institute with print sales. The portfolio of 25 archival
pigment prints was made by 25 notable artists and architects. They worked
with master printer, Katy Martin in her NY studio to create the collection which
honored Michael Goldberg (1924-2007), a dear friend and important member of
the New York School of painting. Boxed editions were completed in 2010 and are
for sale on our website <www.bauinstitute.org/prints>.
Writing fellow, Hilary Reyl hosted a Pugliese dinner at her loft in NY in the Fall of
2009 to introduce the print collection. Everyone loved seeing the prints in person.
The BAU Institute Editions were on view in April in a two-day exhibition at Art
Finance Partners Gallery in the Fuller Building on 57th Street. The reception was
packed with art world friends of BAU Institute enjoying the prints and a jeroboam
of vintage Pugliese wine donated by artist and wine expert, Donald Alberti.
Knoedler Gallery and Lynn Umlauf loaned a terriffic Michael Goldberg watercolor
as centerpiece of the exhibition. Thanks to Art Finance Partners for donating their
The second night, there was a live auction of Italian Luxuries and Experiences
with our Honorary Fellow, auctioneer George MacNeely of Christies. Fellows
donated their autographed best sellers and design objects and Costume
Nationale, rooted in Otranto, donated high fashion. Aros Communications coorganized
the benefit. We thank everyone who bid including the couple who won
the trip to Otranto where they got engaged!
In May, Michael Goldberg’s print from the BAU Editions was on view in Knoedler
Gallery for his historic exhibition of major paintings from the 60’s.
In November, Tom Lollar and Paul Limperopulos of Benefit Print Projects,
showed our boxed collection at the Editions /Artists Books Fair in New York.
We are thrilled that they are offering the collection at Art /Basel/Miami Beach in
December. We look forward to more collaborations with Benefit Print Projects.
Thanks to Meghan Carleton of Art Finance Partners, a boxed edition of the prints
was sold on ART NET auctions and will be posted again periodically.
On December 21, 2010, the BAU Editions will be featured at a meeting of the Print
Connoisseurs Society of NY with the artists invited. The printmaker, Katy Martin
and a few artists will give presentations.
With only two more boxed editions to sell, we will have covered the costs of
publishing and can begin to raise money for BAU programs. Please help us sell
two more editions. Call Marthe for availability (212) 431-6923.
Otranto Residency 2009
In 2009 the Residency was especially international. We hosted 22 visual artists,
writers, designers and architects from the USA, the Netherlands, Australia, South
Korea and Italy. The critics were of Native American ancestry and Italian.
We watched the Castle transformed into a museum with a bookstore and an
exhibition of Miro prints by a new director, Luigi Orione. The artists opened
their studios to the public at the end of the month. Suzanne Silver’s installation
“Metaphora” was retained on view for several months after the Residency.
Some people participated in cooking classes with Giacinta Cego and Italian
conversation with Annamaria Corchia.
The Critic-in Residence was John Hunt Peacock. John is Professor of Language,
Literature and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore.
Some of John’s poetry is in the endangered Dakota Indian language. He made a
universal poetic connection between the ancient earth of Salento and that of the
American Southwest that artist residents could appreciate and reflect. We will
continue to explore specificities and similarities he brought to light.
The Visiting Critic, Gianni Sirch came from Venice and teaches at New York
University’s Studio Art Program there. He reported on the Venice Biennale
engendering lively discussion. Gianni was very much appreciated for offering
cross cultural context and helpful insight to fellows about their work. Since his
visit we have made a point to invite both European and American critics.
The 2009 Residents were: Elina Cardet, Phillis Ideal, Suejin Jo, Margaret Kelly,
Ida Kleinterp, Barry Ledoux, Pam Longobardi, Agnes Martin, Linda Sapin,
Suzanne Silver, Katie Smith, Michael Swartz, Ine Wijtvliet. Brad Ensminger,
our graphic designer also participated.
The Program Assistants were Sara Stracey, Sean Peacock, Amira Silver
Schwartz and Sivan Silver Schwartz. We appreciated how hard they all worked
to make our studios function and our daily living a pleasure.
Otranto Residency 2010
The residency in 2010 hosted fewer people than in 2009, with some staying
for a month. We found it to be a good model for creating the most relaxed and
productive atmosphere yet. The studios worked well and we enjoyed our field
trips to pre-historic and Byzantine sites. We toured Lecce and the frescoes in
Galatina and we experienced a very special night of authentic Grecanico music
at a nearby masseria. Our gastronomical pleasures included many traditional
highlights, but our favorite meal was the local vegetarian cooking by Anna
For the second year the Castle was run by professional museum and design
organizations, so it functioned smoothly.
Two visiting critics joined us this year. Lucio Pozzi, painter, journalist, and
performance artist, and Stephen Westfall, painter, writer, and Fellow from the
American Academy in Rome. They were much appreciated by the resident visual
artists for sharing their insights.
The Program Assistant was Sara Stracey. Marthe and Paola were delighted to
have Sara’s help for the second year. An artist and designer, Sara took on the job
of ‘ground operator/assistant’ to the BAU Residency while also producing her
own new work.
The 2010 Residents were: Ariane Braillard, Francesco Cincotta, Oletha De
Vane, Joanne Freeman, Barbara Hertel, Phillis Ideal, Margaret Kelly, Louise
LeBourgeois, Anne McKeown, Betty Merken, Beverly Nelson, Dylan Nelson,
Margaret Peterson, Ashly Stohl and Don Voisine. Brad Ensminger, our graphic
designer also participated.
In 2010 BAU Institute hosted a large exhibition called American Abstract Artists
International, “L’astrazione vista da un cosmopolita”. The exhibition included
small abstract paintings by 50 American Abstract Artist members with 5 Italianguest exhibitors. It was the first stop in a European tour. The brochure which accompanied the exhibition contained an essay by Lucio Pozzi. <http://www.americanabstractartists.org>. Don Voisine, president of AAA was a BAU resident artist. He installed the show beautifully in spite of the difficult vaulted spaces in the castle. Many hundreds of visitors enjoyed seeing the show, fascinated by the wide variations of abstract art presented. Both artist/critics were included in
the AAA exhibition along with BAU residents Don Voisine, Phillis Ideal and Marthe Keller.
Steven Holl Exhibition in
the Castle of Acaya
On July 10 an exhibition of the New York architect Steven Holl opened with a
lecture in the square of the 16th century city of Acaia near Lecce. The architects
Annette Goderbauer and BAU President, Paola Iacucci co-curated the show
with the collaboration of the Istituto di Culture Mediterranee della Provincia
di Lecce, <http://www.culturemediterranee.org>, TEKNÉ Laboratorio di
Architettura Contemporanea, Calimera <http://www.calimera.org>, and
Associazione Culturale Civilitá del Mediterraneo. Paola says this celebrates 30
years of friendship and professional affinity. Holl designed four sculptures for the
show with local stone from Lecce. For the occasion, the Italian edition of the book
Urbanisms, Working with Doubt, was published. The exhibition will run through
January 15th 2011.
Carlo Cego Exhibitions
in Otranto and Lecce
In September an exhibition of the paintings of Carlo Cego took place in the castle
of Otranto organized by Paola Iacucci. Carlo was part of a group of painters who
came from the north to Otranto in the early 80’s to work in that special light. He
started the habit of working there that we continue. Carlo was beloved by the
town’s people of Otranto. A second exhibition of Carlo’s work will take place in
the church of San Francesco della Scarpa in Lecce from March 12 to April 3,
2011. A catalog, “Carlo Cego: Questo e` il mio paese” has many contributors,
including a poem by BAU critic John Peacock.
You have been instrumental in creating BAU Institute. Our relationships are our
strength and we really count on your vision to shape our future.
Fellows are needed for the 2011 Reunion Committee, please contact us to
volunteer. If you haven’t done so, please respond to the questionnaire at the
beginning of this Newsletter. Your feedback is essential!
Your generous donations help to cover important administrative costs as well as
scholarships, fellowships and website maintenance. If you would like to endow a
full scholarship in your name please call Marthe Keller at (212) 431-6923 or Paola
Iacucci at (212) 629-3083.
Thank you to all the Fellows who provided their photos. Your active participation
is BAU Institute!
Tanti cari saluti,
Paola Iacucci, Marthe Keller and Araby Smyth