For your consideration, two (charcoal-pencil) drawings signed "Ghitti" and possibly the work of Franca Ghitti (Italian, 1932-2012).
OKHarris Gallery, NYC, stated in an email "The signature appears to be hers, but the work is so different from the work of the artist that we exhibited that there is no way for us to confirm it".
The work, if hers, was done at an early period of her career, possibly environmental sketches. The two works were purchased from an artist's estate in Northern California. The first drawing "Santa Teresa Gallura, '60" measures 18 " x 13" (framed 20" x15") and is excellent condition with no foxing, tears, or repairs. The second work is notated "Tortoli Cala Gonone" (no signature); the work has been coated in a sealer that has aged into a rich honey-color. This second work is likewise stable, but shows signs of aging (see photos). Both works are the same size. The two drawings display expert draftsmanship and modernist, pragmatic aesthetic. They look wonderful in a mid-century environment.
Franca Ghitti (Italian, 1932-2012) was born in Erbanno in Valcamonica. She studied at the Accademia di Brera in Milan, in Paris he attended the Académie de la Grande Chaumiere in Salzburg during the incision directed by Oskar Kokoschka. Realized in the sixties his first sculptures in wood (Vicinie, Rogations, Litany) seeking to define ever since an image of space that also has a dimension of time and history. Recover worn wood, sawmill scraps, nails, to evoke the presence of a culture interwoven with elements of constant and repeated: it is already a work of anthropological mapping. From 1969 to 1971 he lived and worked in Kenya, where he produced, on behalf of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the large windows related concrete of the Church of the Italians in Nairobi. The travel and contact with many tribal cultures to clarify the value of formal codes as sediments, "other alphabets" left by communities and social structures. Back in Italy, he works on wood and iron, revisiting now marginalized languages, linked to the old traditions of work in the woods and forges. In 1979 realizes Ghitti-Gates-gate sculpture for the Agricultural Museum of the Castle of Brunnenburg in South Tyrol. Its exhibits are presented in important locations in Mantua, Turin, Milan, Heidelberg, to the great anthology of Palazzo Braschi in Rome in 1988.
Since the early seventies the sculpture of Ghitti, which was the starting point of the structures founding the rustic architecture (knotted string, notches on the bark, alignments and joints of wood and stone), interacts directly, in large installations with modular techniques and contemporary architecture. Among the various public interventions, the idea of a sculpture creator of places of reflection and collective identity is expressed in a large installation in relation to the urban space for the square of Nadro in Valcamonica and iron in large installations for various locations, in Italy and abroad, the Bank Credit Italian. In 1995 his anthology is housed in the Palazzo Martinengo and the former Church of San Desiderio in Brescia. In 1997 significant public interventions, such as the sign of water, a large cascade structure of iron in Lake Iseo (Brescia), The Archive of materials, environmental intervention with glass block, stone, iron and wood in the new quarter residential building in San Polo in Brescia; mappale The cubic for the seat of the Builders of Brescia. Thus renewed research on Maps, recovering scrap iron. In 1998 ends the windows for a new church in Bergamo and as a Visiting Professor at the Akademie of Bildenden Künste in Vienna created five installations titled Other Alphabets, entrusting to different materials (earth, lime, iron mesh, ropes) a rethinking of some joints of his sculptures acclimatized, real maps. Continue the dialogue with architects and designers who are in his works moments of encounter and confrontation for a reflection on the living space as a "place of belonging".
In 2000 she exhibited at OK Harris Gallery in New York, the Gates of Europe in September in Monaco of Bavaria (Pasinger Fabrik) and in November in Bilbao (Fundacion Bilbao Bizkaia Kutxa). In 2001 she created a large sculpture in iron for the Rocca di San Giorgio in Orzinuovi (Brescia), which hosted the exhibition gates of Europe with seven large installations in iron. In 2003 Pitti Immagine Uomo, the Fortezza da Basso in Florence, realizes the Tree-sailing and the Spiral, a large installation in iron. Also by 2003, the anthology Other Alphabets: sculptures and installations in the Palazzo Besta Teglio (Sondrio). In November-December of the same year presents Maps-Mapping, sculptures and installations at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York. Here the theme of the maps, which is fundamental in its path, is reconsidered in a wider perspective and through a new search of materials. In 2008 the exhibition Pages - Nails at OK Harris Works of Art in New York proposes Pages spikes, unpublished works of graphics and sculpture made of paper, cardboard and nails. In September 2008 at the invitation of BresciaMusei, inaugurated the exhibition The city and its mark at the Castle of Brescia. In May and June 2009 he presented the project to the Navigli area. Sculpture in the City - Water sul Naviglio, Museo della Permanente, Milan. Follows, during the month of October, the new exhibition La ville et son empreinte - Sculptures et installations in the halls of the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Paris La Villette. Between March and April 2010 ending the Gates of Silence and furnishings for the chapel of the New Hospital in Como. In recent years, the challenge of Ghitti has become the face of its time, the technologies and languages serial, returning to them a rate of existential elements in layered sequences of molds and scraps of wood and iron. Her installations transform a geometric space in a historic space, so that the "place of the sculpture" is offered as a repository and archive of real ideological structures, and social work. His work dealt with the people of culture and literature, including Vanni Scheiwiller, Vittorio Sereni, Roberto Sienese, Italo Calvino, Maria Corti, Mary de Rachewiltz, John Freccero, Franco Loi, as well as art historians and critics such as Giulio Carlo Argan, Carlo Belli, Carlo Bertelli, Rossana Bossaglia, Enrico Crispolti, Cecilia De Carli, Elda Fezzi, Ivan Karp, Fausto Lorenzi, Giuseppe Marchiori, Margaret Morton, William Klein, Bruno Edging, Elena Pontiggia, Walter Schoenenberger.
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Two Italian Mid-Century Environmental Drawings by Ghitti, c. 1960