Pietrasanta Una Citta d'Arte
The town of Pietrasanta calls itself “Una Citta D’ Arte” although a great deal of the painting and sculpture exhibited there is not always to my taste or liking, there is a always plenty to look art in the commune run or private galleries of which there are many.
Currently there are 3 exhibitions sponsored by the Commune Di Pietrasanta all very different to each other.
For me the most enjoyable was the small modest exhibition of Etchings by Fabrizio Pizzanelli.
I liked his work so much I bought this print.
Across the Piazza I also stumbled upon the paintings of Paolo Maggis half a dozen large rooms of mostly large paintings and in almost everyway the exact opposite of Fabrizio’s etchings.
For me these were loud, in your face, images presented with a jarring impact. Punk Painting, strong on energy and vitality but lacking all the other qualities that go into making a good painting.
In between these two exhibitions was the large exhibition in Pietrasanta's main venue the church of San Augostino of Mario Marucci (1910-1992). A painter from Viareggio
He obviously worked fast and instinctively producing a very large body of work but I couldn’t help thinking that his life was more or less concurrent with the italian painter Morandi and how much more Morandi’s work had to offer.
Cultural life in Pietrasanta is assisted by an excellent blog called Art is Life who email all their followers with details of all thats is happening