Mostra Americans


Autumn 2012

Harvest 2012

Harvest 2012The weather has brought forward the harvest-time and in fact our harvest began on 23 August with the Arneis. We are very pleased with the results since the grapes, also in the red varieties, appear healthy and well-ripened, with optimal potential alcohol-content and balanced acidity.

The production, however, was very low and we estimate a reduction of at least 20%. Certainly, the 2012 harvest can be rated as one of the more "extreme" harvests in terms of high temperatures reached especially during the month of August and the drought. It is certainly a year where the right aspect and exposure are valued, such as where the vines had the best conditions for vegative growth.

6 October – 25 November 2012
Coro della Maddalena, Corso Vittorio Emanuele II 19, Alba

Mostra Americans
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Opening 6 October 2012, 12.00 am
Monday/ Friday: 2.30 pm - 6.30 pm
Saturday: 10.00 pm – 6.00 pm / Sunday: 10.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Free entrance

This exhibition is an expression of the Ceretto family's ongoing interest in contemporary artists and their desire to collaborate in projects that will bring the artists ' work to Alba.
It is the first in a series of exhibitions that will be based on loans from institutions and collectors. The prints in "Americans" have been lent by Universal Limited Art Editions, the legendary print-makers and publishers in Long Island, New York. ULAE, which was established in the mid-1950s was instrumental in the development of print-making as a fine art in the United States.

Artisti in mostra

Jasper Johns

Julian Lethbridge

Ed Ruscha

Kiki Smith

Terry Winters

Ceretto and "Americans"

In the early 1980s, the Ceretto family commissioned Silvio Coppola to design the labels of their wines. This was the family's first collaboration with a contemporary artist. A few years later the artists David Tremlett and Sol LeWitt were asked to renew the "Cappella delle Brunate", a small chapel in the Ceretto vineyards. The work of artists has been an integral element of "La Piola" and "Piazza Duomo", the family restaurants in Alba, which were designed by Bill Katz and Steven Shailer. Contributors to the restaurants thus far have included John Baldessarri, Donald Baechler, James Brown, Francesco Clemente, Lynn Davis, Cathrin Ferguson, Adam Fuss, Robert Indiana, Cletus Johnson, Thomas Nozkowsky, Kiki Smith, Philip Taaffe and Terry Winters.

The first exhibition sponsored by the Cerettos in Alba was benefit in memory of Steven Shailer who had died unexpectedly. The exhibition opened at the Coir of the Chapel of Maria Maddalena in June 2010. The Cerettos purchased works that have been made for the occasion by Simrel Achenbach, Donald Baechler, James Brown, Francesco Clemente,Lynn Davis, Renate Graf, Juan Hamilton, Robert Indiana, Marina Karella, Anselm Kiefer, Tom Levine, Andrew Lord, Kiki Smith, Terry Winters e Zachary Wollard. The Shailer exhibition coincided with the opening of an artist's residence in an old farmhouse in the Ceretto family's vineyards and a studio on the grounds, both designed by Bill Katz.

The idea of a sort of Kunsthalle in Alba grew out of the Ceretto's association with the artists who participated in the project of the winery and the restaurants and in the Shailer exhibition. It is appropriate that the first exhibition in the new series involves Universal Limited Art Editions, which was founded in 1957 by Tatyana Grosman as a collaborative project with artists and writers. Grosman was a Russian émigré who settled in New York in 1943. Her interest in publishing illustrated books in the tradition of the french "livres d'artistes" let to the establishment of the press in Long Island where artists – many of whom would later become key figures in the American art word – worked in what was then the largely neglected field of print-making. Helene Frankenthaler, Marisol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Larry Rivers, Jim Dine, Cy Twombly, James Rosenquist and Barnett Newman were involved in ULAE early on. Only one artist at a time was invited to ULAE workshop. Every one – the artists, printers, and staff - was served lunch at a long stone communal table. For the first decade, artists focused on lithography but then they expanded into intaglio, offset printings and relief printing from wood blocks. Since 1962 the Museum of Modern Art in New York has acquired the first print of every ULAE edition. The Tatyana Grosman Gallery is a permanent exhibition space for prints at MoMa.

Mrs.Grosman died in 1982 and the direction of ULAE was continued by Bill Goldston, the master printer, who has been involved with works there since 1969 and who was responsible for many of its innovations. He and Jill Czarnowski were generous in their contribution to this exhibition, which has been curated by Bill Katz. Their expertise and goodwill made the project possible.

Opere in mostra

Jasper Johns

  • Shrinky Dink 1, 2011.
    Intaglio su carta Revere Standard white felt, cm 73 x 80,7. 26 da un'edizione di 48.
  • Shrinky Dink 3, 2011.
    Intaglio e chine collé su carta Revere Standard white felt, cm 73 x 80,7. 26 da un'edizione di  57.
  • Shrinky Dink 4, 2011. 
    Intaglio su carta Revere Standard white felt, cm 73 x 80,7. 26 da un'edizione di 49.

Julian Lethbridge

  • Untitled (Pine Needles Green), 2000.
    Litografia su carta Arches Platine, cm 63,5 x 75,6. 14 da un'edizione di 25.
  • Untitled (Haystack/Beachgrass), 2000.
    Litografia su carta Lana natural white paper, cm 79 x 69,9. 14 da un'edizione di 30.
  • Insert, 2009.
    Pigmented ink-jet con serigrafia su carta Arches Cover white, cm 76,2 x 56,8. 14 da un'edizione di 23.

Ed Ruscha

  • Bow -Tie Palm Springs (Bow-Tie Landscapes), 2003.
    Pigmented inkjet su carta Somerset Velvet, cm 54,6 x 109,2. 30 da un'edizione di 35.
  • Bow-Tie Screwhead (Bow-Tie Landscapes), 2003.
    Pigmented inkjet su carta Somerset Velvet, cm 44,4 x 73,7. 30 da un'edizione di 35.
  • Bow-Tie Teardrop (Bow-Tie Landscapes), 2003.
    Pigmented inkjet su carta Somerset Velvet, cm 44,4 x 73,7. 30 da un'edizione di 35.

Kiki Smith

  • Carrier, 2001.
    Intaglio con acquerellatura a mano su carta En Tout Cas, cm 57,8 x 140,3. 14 da un'edizione di 33.

Terry Winters

  • Secret Knots, 2008.
    Portfolio di 10. Intaglio su carta Lana Concord RAC natural white. Ogni foglio cm 43,8 x 51,4. 30 da un'edizione di 36.

The exhibition was made possible trough the generosity of:
Famiglia Ceretto
ULAE - Universal Limited Art Editions, il Signor Goldston.
Città di Alba

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