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The shapes and colours of a hidden Mediterranean Sea At Palazzo Sant’Agostino, more than a hundred works in an exhibition promoted by the Province of Salerno and dedicated to Guido Gambone, ceramic artist and painter

At thirty-four years since his death, Guido Gambone returns to the places where he spent his boyhood and adulthood. His work comes back, that is to say his incessant need to convey through painting, graphics, sculpture and ceramics the vitality of the imaginary, marked by the desire to dig into the myth, into the marks of an archaic Mediterranean Sea. Those are the marks that, not twenty years old yet, he “spied” on the crowded benches of the ceramic workshops at Vietri sul Mare, true town for him and place where he “records” the dialogue the myth sets up with the present time, with a community’s time. Gambone, his painting and, even earlier, ceramics, can be felt in this magma, in the vivacity a people has to express imaginary, i.e. to draw anew the being’s space, to beat the times of repeated rituality, to guard the knowledge of creative hands, to weave the threads between past and future. The threads of continuity, waited for like the death sign and, at the same time, the recovery. First Salerno, then Vietri are the places of his education, where continuously his memory and his art returned. Gambone – I will venture a paradox – has never left the beaches of that Mediterranean Sea he saw peeping among the mountains which outlined little Montella, a small village in the mountains of the Avellino territory where he was born in 1909: neither did he do so when, in April 1949, at the beginning of the celebrity which shortly would have led him to the heights of the national and international ceramic art, decided to move to Florence and break every bond with the past. Mentally he doesn’t leave Salerno because there live his friends, Alfonso Gatto, Matteo Della Corte, Tullio and Francesco Lenza, Pietro Laveglia, but also because it is the town where he consumes his first clash with

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Profile for Fondazione Cologni dei Mestieri d'Arte

Artigianato 53  

Italian Magazine about crafts and Arts

Artigianato 53  

Italian Magazine about crafts and Arts

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