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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
May 6 - June 27, 2009
New York, NY

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
presents:
Dionysus in Love
Marco Silombria — A Retrospective

Paintings, ceramics, drawing and photography.
Curated by Peter Weiermair.

Opening Reception, Tuesday, May 5, 6 - 8 PM

The Leslie/Lohman Gallery is proud to present Dionysus in Love, the first solo exhibition in the United States of renowned Italian artist Marco Silombria. This retrospective exhibition--which will include paintings, drawings, ceramics and photographs--is curated by Peter Weiermair, a highly regarded curator and publisher based in Europe. The exhibition runs from May 6 through June 27. Both the artist and curator will be at a public reception to mark the opening of the exhibition on Tuesday, May 5 from 6pm to 8pm.

Silombria is an astounding polymath in the world of arts, executing paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, collage and conceptual pieces with equal brilliance. The artist, who has exhibited extensively throughout Europe for nearly 25 years, deftly weaves classical motifs with modern subject matters, resulting in works that at once can be humorous, political and outrageous, but are always intriguing and often hauntingly beautiful.

On Friday, May 8 from 7pm to 9pm, the exhibition's curator, Peter Weiermair, will speak about both Dionysus in Love and the difficulties and joys of being the head of All Saints Press, his European publishing house that specializes in the work of gay artists.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Marco Silombria was born in 1936 in Savona in the Ligurian region of Italy. He attended the Art School of Genoa then moved to Turin to continue his education. After working in the design department at several PR and advertising firms, in 1968 Silombria founded his own firm, CGSS, which represented a diverse clientele including Fiat, GFT and SAI. In 1985, Silombria left the world of commercial advertising to focus his full energies on making art, expanding his work to include the plastic arts and photography.

Marco Silombria's solo exhibitions include: Rob Gallery in Amsterdam (1984), Galleria Weber in Turin, Italy (1988), the Museo Civico in Spoleto, Italy (1991), Gas Art Gallery in Turin, Italy (2003). His group exhibitions include: Leslie/Lohman Gallery (1986), Museo dell' Automobile in Turin, Italy (1993),
Mostra dell' Artigianato di Firenze in Florence, Italy (1999), Galleria d'Arte Moderna in Bologna, Italy (2002).

ABOUT THE CURATOR

Peter Weiermair has been a curator, author and publisher since 1964. He was the head of museums and art institutions in Austria, Germany and Italy from 1965 to 2005. Since the 1970s he has published a series of anthologies, monographs and catalogs of artists dealing with the male nude, including David Hockney, George Platt-Lynes, Robert Mappelthorpe, Arthur Tress, and Wilhelm von Gloeden. He is the founder and publisher of All Saints Press, which recently released Treasures of Gay Art from the Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation (2008). He also serves on the executive committee of the Europe

The Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation, established in 1990, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to furthering the awareness and appreciation of GLBTQ art that may not be exhibited due to prejudice and ignorance. Since its inception the Foundation’s gallery has presented over 200 exhibitions including hundreds of gay and lesbian artists whose work represents the fundamental view that “gay art” does exist and that the “gay/lesbian” artist has contributed immeasurably to our visual culture from prehistoric to ancient Greece to the contemporary era.

The Foundation has a considerable permanent collection of art, including, Andy Warhol, Duncan Grant, Delmas Howe, Jean Cocteau, Deni Ponty, Sonia Melara, Cassandra, Marsden Hartley, Horst, Bastille, Blade, Tom of Finland, Michael Kirwan, and many more.

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation
Gallery Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 12 - 6 PM
Closed on major holidays and between shows.

26 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10013 · Map · 212.431.2609

Leslie/Lohman Gay Art Foundation Website

Marco Silombria Website

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