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New Works Will Join Other Lucchesi Sculptures Already
On Display in Miller Family Building

Allentown, PA (August 19, 2005) - On September 12, 2005 at 5:00 p.m. in the Lachaise Gallery of the Miller Family Building, Cedar Crest College will welcome Dr. Bruno Lucchesi back to campus to celebrate the opening of a new exhibition of twenty-one works by the internationally renowned sculptor. Lucchesi, who also previously provided the College with sculptures for the Miller Family Building’s David Finn Sculpture Garden, is known throughout the art world for his gravity-defying work.

Lucchesi will also be joined by Dr. David Finn, Life Trustee, world-renowned photographer and author to sign copies of books featuring Lucchesi’s sculptures as photographed by Finn. Both Lucchesi and Finn received honorary doctorates from Cedar Crest in 2002 during Lucchesi’s last exhibition at the College.

Bruno Lucchesi has been heralded as “the sculptor of the human spirit,” “the latest of the renaissance sculptors” and “one of the great figurative sculptors of our time” because of his remarkable skill in depicting the human figure in all its ages and moods. In fact, Lucchesi describes his own work by saying, “I deal with the human condition, and with the way people interact with each other. More than anything else, I try to capture the gesture, the unexpected twist of the figure that says so much yet is so common.” The images of daily life have become the hallmarks of Lucchesi’s work. Lucchesi is particularly well known for his mastery of the cantilever technique, which means showing objects hanging in air.

Born in 1926 in a small mountain village in the Italian province of Lucca, Lucchesi spent his boyhood as a shepherd. It was when he was sent to monastery school at the age of then that he discovered sculptures in churches and cemeteries and became interesting in the act of making art. In 1947, he enrolled in the Art Institute of Lucca and, by 1950 he had moved to Florence where he joined the Art Academy. Lucchesi moved to New York in 1958, and in 1959 was honored with the Helen Foster Barnett Prize for Sculpture from the National academy of Design. In 1960, his work was included in an exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American art. In 1961, he held his first one-man exhibition at the Forum Gallery. He received a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1962.

Today, Lucchesi’s work is found in the nation’s leading museums including the Hirshorn Museum, the Smithsonian, Whitney Museum, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and the Columbia Museum. They also grace public spaces in Raleigh, NC, Lucca, Italy, and Corning, NY.

These works join the Lucchesi sculptures that are already housed in Cedar Crest College’s David Finn Sculpture Garden in the Miller Family Building. The sculptures, which were installed in the garden in March 1998, include his languorous, gravity-defying 1983 bronze “Hammock,” his 1982 bronze “Window Washer” as well as “Daydreaming,” “Washing Foot,” “Pagliacci,” “Temptation of St. Anthony” and “Models.”

The reception will be held on Monday, September 12, 2005 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in The Lachaise Gallery in the Miller Family Building. For more information about the exhibition or to RSVP for the reception, please contact the Special Events Hotline at 610-740-3791. Media inquiries can be directed to the College Relations Office at 610-740-3790.





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