Anna Poor: Sinners, Saints and Relics
May 23 – June 24, 2016
Opening: Monday, May 23 at 5:00 pm
SACI’s Maidoff Gallery presents Sinners, Saints and Relics: Installation of 3D artworks by Anna Poor .
Anna Poor’s work is inspired by art historical references, techniques, and objects from the past: from the alabaster, shell and lapis lazuli Syrian sculpture of the Administrator Ebih-il (2400 B.C in the Iraq Museum) and the carved limestone Assyrian wall relief depicting Prince Assurbanipal II’s lion hunt (7th c. B.C. in the British Museum), to Lorenzo Ghiberti’s cast bronze bas relief Gates of Paradise (15th c) and Alberto Giacometti’s Woman with her throat cut (1932). The sculptures are diminutive in scale and encourage thought on the critical contemporary issues of appropriation, ownership, and destruction of cultural objects.
Anna will be creating a site-specific installation in SACI’s Maidoff Gallery of sculpted invented artifacts, based on and referencing artworks and architecture with materials found in Tuscany, such as alabaster mined near Florence. Her work deals with historical fragments repositioned in the contemporary world using contemporary sensibility with traditional, hand-crafted techniques.
Anna Poor [b. New York City, 1953] has been teaching at Lesley University College of Art and Design since 1992 and is a visiting associate professor. She received her degrees in sculpture from the Massachusetts College of Art (BFA) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (MFA). She was awarded a Massachusetts Cultural Council Artist Grant in 2001 and is a founder and owner of Artstrand Gallery in Provincetown, Mass. Anna’s work is included in numerous collections, publications, and exhibitons world wide, including a one-person exhibition at James Graham & Sons in New York City. She is represented by Taylor/Graham Gallery in New York City and Sladmore Contemporary in London, U.K.
JULES MAIDOFF GALLERY
Via Sant’Egidio 14, Florence – ITALY
OPEN: Monday and Wednesday 9am-3pm, Tuesday and Thursday 9am-7pm, Friday 9am – 6:30pm. Closed Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free.