Mario Giacomelli

Earthly Inferno
February 22 - March 31, 2007
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Un uomo, una donna, un amore, 1960 (A man, a woman, a love) Gelatin silver print 9 3/8 x 12 1/2 inchesUn uomo, una donna, un amore, 1960 (A man, a woman, a love) Gelatin silver print 9 3/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Un uomo, una donna, un amore, 1960
(A man, a woman, a love)
Gelatin silver print
9 3/8 x 12 1/2 inches

Nudo come paesaggio, 1969 (Knotted landscape) Gelatin silver print 11 3/4 x 15 inchesNudo come paesaggio, 1969 (Knotted landscape) Gelatin silver print 11 3/4 x 15 inches

Nudo come paesaggio, 1969
(Knotted landscape)
Gelatin silver print
11 3/4 x 15 inches

A Silvia, 1969 (To Sylvia) Gelatin silver print 6 5/8 x 15 7/16 inchesA Silvia, 1969 (To Sylvia) Gelatin silver print 6 5/8 x 15 7/16 inches

A Silvia, 1969
(To Sylvia)
Gelatin silver print
6 5/8 x 15 7/16 inches

Dicembre, 1960-70 (December) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960-70 11 1/4 x 15 inchesDicembre, 1960-70 (December) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960-70 11 1/4 x 15 inches

Dicembre, 1960-70
(December)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960-70
11 1/4 x 15 inches

Favola per viaggio verso possibili significanti, 1967-68 (A tale towards possible inner meanings) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inchesFavola per viaggio verso possibili significanti, 1967-68 (A tale towards possible inner meanings) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Favola per viaggio verso possibili significanti, 1967-68
(A tale towards possible inner meanings)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1980
11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Passato poesia di Vincenzo Cardarelli, 1987-90 (Past poem by Vincenzo Cardarelli) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987-90 11 x 14 7/16 inchesPassato poesia di Vincenzo Cardarelli, 1987-90 (Past poem by Vincenzo Cardarelli) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987-90 11 x 14 7/16 inches

Passato poesia di Vincenzo Cardarelli, 1987-90
(Past poem by Vincenzo Cardarelli)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987-90
11 x 14 7/16 inches

Untitled, n.d. Gelatin silver print 10 x 14 1/4 inchesUntitled, n.d. Gelatin silver print 10 x 14 1/4 inches

Untitled, n.d.
Gelatin silver print

10 x 14 1/4 inches

La buona terra, 1964-66 (The good earth) Gelatin silver print, printed later 12 x 15 7/8 inchesLa buona terra, 1964-66 (The good earth) Gelatin silver print, printed later 12 x 15 7/8 inches

La buona terra, 1964-66
(The good earth)
Gelatin silver print, printed later
12 x 15 7/8 inches

Fiorella e Roberto, 1955 (Fiorella and Roberto) Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 3/8 x 14 7/8 inchesFiorella e Roberto, 1955 (Fiorella and Roberto) Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 3/8 x 14 7/8 inches

Fiorella e Roberto, 1955
(Fiorella and Roberto)
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 3/8 x 14 7/8 inches

Ho la testa piena, mamma, 1985-87 (My head is full, mamma) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985-87 11 5/16 x 15 inchesHo la testa piena, mamma, 1985-87 (My head is full, mamma) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985-87 11 5/16 x 15 inches

Ho la testa piena, mamma, 1985-87
(My head is full, mamma)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1985-87
11 5/16 x 15 inches

Puglia, 1958 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inchesPuglia, 1958 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958 11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Puglia, 1958
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958
11 3/4 x 15 3/4 inches

Untitled, c. 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 7 3/8 x 12 3/4 inchesUntitled, c. 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 7 3/8 x 12 3/4 inches

Untitled, c. 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
7 3/8 x 12 3/4 inches

Bando, 1997-99 (Public announcement) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1997-99 10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inchesBando, 1997-99 (Public announcement) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1997-99 10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Bando, 1997-99
(Public announcement)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1997-99
10 3/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Motivo suggerito dal taglio dell’albero, 1967-68 (Motif suggested by the cut of the tree) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967-68 11 5/8 x 13 3/8 inchesMotivo suggerito dal taglio dell’albero, 1967-68 (Motif suggested by the cut of the tree) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967-68 11 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Motivo suggerito dal taglio dell’albero, 1967-68
(Motif suggested by the cut of the tree)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1967-68
11 5/8 x 13 3/8 inches

Scanno, 1957-59 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inchesScanno, 1957-59 Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches

Scanno, 1957-59
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches

Natura morta, 1955-56 (Still life) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955-56 11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inchesNatura morta, 1955-56 (Still life) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955-56 11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches

Natura morta, 1955-56

(Still life)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1955-56
11 5/8 x 15 3/4 inches

Natura morta con cipolle, 1956 (Still life with a cup) Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 3/4 x 15 inchesNatura morta con cipolle, 1956 (Still life with a cup) Gelatin silver print, printed later 11 3/4 x 15 inches

Natura morta con cipolle, 1956

(Still life with a cup)
Gelatin silver print, printed later
11 3/4 x 15 inches

Metamorfosi della terra, 1960-80 (Metamorphosis of the land) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960-80 9 3/8 x 12 inchesMetamorfosi della terra, 1960-80 (Metamorphosis of the land) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960-80 9 3/8 x 12 inches

Metamorfosi della terra, 1960-80
(Metamorphosis of the land)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960-80
9 3/8 x 12 inches

Untitled, n.d Gelatin silver print 8 5/8 x 10 inchesUntitled, n.d Gelatin silver print 8 5/8 x 10 inches

Untitled, n.d

Gelatin silver print
8 5/8 x 10 inches

Passato, 1987-90 (Past) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987-90 10 x 15 inchesPassato, 1987-90 (Past) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987-90 10 x 15 inches

Passato, 1987-90
(Past)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1987-90
10 x 15 inches

Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63 There are no hands to caress my face (Priests) Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980 12 x 16 inchesIo non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63 There are no hands to caress my face (Priests) Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980 12 x 16 inches

Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63
There are no hands to caress my face (Priests)
Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980
12 x 16 inches

Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63 There are no hands to caress my face (Priests) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inchesIo non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63 There are no hands to caress my face (Priests) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963 10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63
There are no hands to caress my face (Priests)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963
10 1/2 x 12 1/2 inches

Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63 There are no hands to caress my face (Priests) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963 10 3/4 x 15 5/16 inchesIo non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63 There are no hands to caress my face (Priests) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963 10 3/4 x 15 5/16 inches

Io non ho mani che mi accarezzino il volto (Pretini), 1961-63
There are no hands to caress my face (Priests)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1963
10 3/4 x 15 5/16 inches

Il canto dei nuovi emigranti, 1984-85 (The song of new immigrants) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984-85 15 3/8 x 11 5/8 inchesIl canto dei nuovi emigranti, 1984-85 (The song of new immigrants) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984-85 15 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches

Il canto dei nuovi emigranti, 1984-85

(The song of new immigrants)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1984-85
15 3/8 x 11 5/8 inches

Questo ricordo lo vorrei raccontare, 1998-2000 (I would like to tell you this memory) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1998-2000 9 1/2 x 12 inchesQuesto ricordo lo vorrei raccontare, 1998-2000 (I would like to tell you this memory) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1998-2000 9 1/2 x 12 inches

Questo ricordo lo vorrei raccontare, 1998-2000
(I would like to tell you this memory)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1998-2000
9 1/2 x 12 inches

Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-83 (Death will come and have your eyes) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970-83 9 1/2 x 12 inchesVerra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-83 (Death will come and have your eyes) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970-83 9 1/2 x 12 inches

Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-83
(Death will come and have your eyes)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970-83
9 1/2 x 12 inches

Scanno, 1957-59 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inchesScanno, 1957-59 Gelatin silver print, printed later 14 x 11 inches

Scanno, 1957-59
Gelatin silver print, printed later
14 x 11 inches

Scanno, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 8 7/8 x 10 1/4 inchesScanno, 1960 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960 8 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches

Scanno, 1960
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1960
8 7/8 x 10 1/4 inches

Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-83 (Death will come and have your eyes) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954 15 x 11 1/4 inchesVerra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-83 (Death will come and have your eyes) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954 15 x 11 1/4 inches

Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-83
(Death will come and have your eyes)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1954
15 x 11 1/4 inches

Puglia, 1958 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958 15 3/4 x 11 inchesPuglia, 1958 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958 15 3/4 x 11 inches

Puglia, 1958
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1958
15 3/4 x 11 inches

La buona terra, 1964-66 (The good earth) Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980 12 x 16 inchesLa buona terra, 1964-66 (The good earth) Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980 12 x 16 inches

La buona terra, 1964-66
(The good earth)
Gelatin silver print, printed before 1980
12 x 16 inches

Lourdes, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print, printed c. 1972 10 3/4 x 15 1/4 inchesLourdes, 1957 Gelatin silver exhibition print, printed c. 1972 10 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches

Lourdes, 1957
Gelatin silver exhibition print, printed c. 1972
10 3/4 x 15 1/4 inches

Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-79 (Death will come and have your eyes) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inchesVerra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-79 (Death will come and have your eyes) Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s 8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Verra la morte e avra i tuoi occhi, 1954-79
(Death will come and have your eyes)
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970s
8 1/4 x 11 1/2 inches

Scanno, 1957-59 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970 10 1/2 x 13 1/4 inchesScanno, 1957-59 Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970 10 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches

Scanno, 1957-59
Gelatin silver print, printed c. 1970
10 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches

Untitled, n.d. Gelatin silver print 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inchesUntitled, n.d. Gelatin silver print 10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Untitled, n.d.
Gelatin silver print
10 1/4 x 13 1/2 inches

Press Release

Bruce Silverstein Gallery is pleased to announce Mario Giacomelli Earthly Inferno, a survey of photographs by Italy’s most prolific and highly regarded photographer.  Already well known for his Young Priests (Pretini) series, and his manicured aerial landscapes that preceded the land art movement of the 1960s and 1970s, Earthly Inferno takes the viewer deeper into the artist’s mind, revealing a vision fraught with the passage of time, closing in on death. “My photos are the mark of my intervention in a given space, my creation; they are a record of what I was thinking while a little of me died, because we’re dying every day.”

 

Mario Giacomelli (1925 – 2000) was born in Senigallia, Italy.  According to Giacomelli, he had the “good fortune to be born poor,” and left school at an early age to apprentice in a local typesetting shop.  Having lost his father at age nine, the young artist often accompanied his mother to the nursing home where she worked.  It was this early exposure to the aged, vulnerable, and poverty-stricken that influenced and haunted Giacomelli his entire life.

 

Giacomelli eased into photography, not fully embracing it until he was 30 years old. His typesetting background influenced the graphic quality of his compositions, as well as the stark contrast in his prints that has become the signature of the artist. Following World War II, Giacomelli was introduced to Neorealist films that captured gritty, grainy images of a war-torn Italy.  In 1953, he befriended Giuseppe Cavalli, an important photographer of the period and founder of Misa, a local photography club. Highly influential on Giacomelli, Cavalli believed in the power of photography to transform reality into fantasy.

 

Giacomelli began receiving international recognition when the image of the boy from Scanno was first published in the British Journal of Photography Annual in 1963. The same year it was bought for Museum of Modern Art in New York by John Szarkowski. In 1973, Szarkowski published the image in his book Looking at Photographs, as one of the hundred best photographs of MoMA’s collection. Bill Brandt chose Giacomelli for The Land exhibit at Victoria & Albert Museum in 1975, further launching Giacomelli onto the scene. In 2001, Giacomelli received his first massive retrospective including 250 works at the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome.