Friday, June 30, 2017

ANNA PINTO at the Grolier Club

A piece by ANNA PINTO is featured in The Calligraphy Revival, 1906-2016, at The Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York City, on view May 17 through July 29, 2017.

Anna Pinto at The Calligraphy Revival show. Her piece is just to her left.

Pulling primarily from his own collection, the calligrapher and curator Jerry Kelly dated the exhibition to the publication of Edward Johnston’s manual, Writing & Illuminating, & Lettering, in 1906. Covering more than a century with only one work for each scribe Kelley was able to include pieces by Rudolf Koch from 1912, Johnston from 1916, an Eric Gill from 1923, and the Pinto from 2016.

Anna Pinto, An Alphabet, 1994

Most works are in Latin script and often honor the concept of the alphabet -- that Kelly recognizes as ‘One of the major accomplishments of mankind.' Usually on paper, there are also examples of Hebrew, Arabic, Japanese, and Tibetan, and carvings on wood, glass, and slate, as well as serigraphs, collages, and a stunning wood engraving by Leo Wyatt. If the Wyatt is an exercise in planning and control, Georgia Deaver’s lyric double study is a riot of color and gesture with brushstrokes that demand equally careful examination.

Anna Pinto, Collette IV 2012
Although most pieces are British or American, also included are works from Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, France, Germany, and Italy. Kelly’s labels help connect teacher to student and sometimes recall ancient Rome and royal families. His own contribution is a wonder.

The Grolier Club is always worth visiting and this is the perfect summer show, for them and for us.

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