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Italian American Museum
Presents
Play Ball
Solo exhibition by Vincent Scilla


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With the 2016 Major League Baseball season in full swing, the Italian American Museum presents a series of playful paintings by the artist Vincent Scilla. Many of Scilla’s baseball paintings, which he started painting in the 1980's, combine a solitary ballplayer, sometimes based on familiar players anad sometimes not, juxtaposed against a background of advertising, evoking an era before television. The exhibit will be on display at the Museum from April 22 to June 26.
Artist's Statement:
Vincent Scilla’s imagined baseball players immediately transport the viewer into a fantasy world. Assembled from various images, layered together to create a constructed scene, he sources his images from classic photographs of ballplayers and found vintage advertising. He breaks them down and recombines them, to make stunning scenes that are injected with a sense of memory and the passing of time. The settings are both familiar and not, with their references to classical paintings and mythical American heroes, placed in a landscape tradition that feels both recognizable and imaginary.

This exhibit draws on his ancestral roots and love of baseball, with some of the paintings combining specific players of Italian heritage, like Joe DiMaggio and Ernie Lombardi, with imagery and iconography that reflects his Italian background and years of living in Little Italy. Vincent Scilla, a second generation Italian, whose grandparents lived in Sicily, moved to New York City from Michigan shortly after college, living at 241 Mulberry Street for 25 years, and working as a part-time bartender at the Spring Lounge, also on Mulberry Street for 20 years.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the collection of various private individuals, as well as the Butler Institute of American Art, the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, and the United States Golf Association (USGA) Gallery. Many of his works have also been acquired by such sports figures as Gary Player, the Boston Red Sox, and the Atlanta Braves ball clubs, and can be seen locally in the Mulberry Street Branch of the New York Public Library.
Vincent Scilla is a graduate of the University of Michigan’s art school and a recipient of a Pollack Krasner Foundation grant.

Vincent Scilla
www.vincentscilla.com

 


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