This month of April has been very important for our Modigliani project, with the competition finally entering its second phase; after their recent visit to the proposed site and to many iconic places in Modì’s life, the 3 finalists are now ready to go back to the drawing board and complete their fountain design. While we wait to discover the winning project, let me introduce you to the jurors that will be called once again to cast their votes:
International artist and marble sculptor
Nicolas Bertoux started his career as an interior architect and designer before dedicating himself totally to sculpture. His monumental art pieces can be found in France, Denmark, Italy, China, Korea and Taiwan. In 2000 he founded the ARTCO Studio in Seravezza (Tuscany), a marble laboratory specialized in sculptures, and the ARKAD Foundation, a cultural and exhibition space dedicated to art works.
International architect and sculptor
Craig Copeland received a Fullbright Fellowship to Italy in 1996 and was a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome from 1996 to 1998. He is an Associate Partner at the New York office of Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects. Craig balances his architectural work with the abiding interests in the promotion of sustainable design and the visual arts – lecturing, teaching and sculpting, principally in stone.
Local Livorno architect
Simone Prex graduated from the University of Architecture in Florence in 2008, became a licensed architect that same year and, soon after that, was accredited among the Livorno order of Architects. For the past 5 years Simone has worked on several projects in the Livorno area, many of which are renowned for the originality of their concept; he is a very talented architect with a bright career ahead.
Art critic and Modigliani expert
Gregorio Rossi has been an art critic and curator for over 40 years; he has written more than 80 publications for some of the most prestigious Italian editors (Allemandi, Mondadori, Giunti, etc.). Gregorio is considered one of the top experts of the “Macchiaioli” movement and of Modigliani in particular, having collaborated on two publications about the artist: “Modigliani, l’artiste italien” and “Amedeo Modigliani – dessin a’ boire”.
On my next article I will reveal the names of the 3 finalists, who will share with us thier thoughts and impressions on this exciting competition.