Monday, May 9, 2016

composition, 22x30"

It is work like this painting, in terms of color harmony, spontaneity, composition, brush work that is just another expression of thge artist's genius and originality.  Thrilling stuff directly expressed from the mind, heart and soul of one who has spent 8 decades of life producing art.  Work which will one day be  widely understood as the best the 20th C has to offer!  Music of the highest order, and of course all questions will be entertained.

composition, 22"x30", $15,000

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Antonio's Imaginary Portrait of the Hindu Goddess Kali and more...

      These images were taken at Antonio's Studio in William's Township, Pa., where he retired to from New York City in the 60's.  
     Antonio was very much involved with Eastern religious and philosophical study and practice.  He was a student of Swami Brahmananda in NYC.  

Tony's sculpture of Swami Brahmananda

Brahmananda was a dicsciple of Sri Ramakrishna, the great Indian mystic and saint, so he was also guru brother to Swami  Vivekananda, another great and well  known Hindu Yogi.

Antonio's portrait of  Swami Vivekananda

Below is Tony's Imaginary Portrait of the Hindu Goddess Kali.

Circa 1950 he met a man whom he called his guru.  The English philosopher and writer Gerald Heard.  Around the same time he became involved in zen and zazen.  And from the time he was 59,  he meditated in zazen style 2 hours daily for over 390 years.

Antonio's head of Gerald Heard

Thursday, April 21, 2016

'seated dancer' in Antonio Salemme's studio

It is important to understand the value of Antonio's work.  It is at once modern and classical.  It is truly an expression of American Classicism!  It is not Greek.  It is not Roman.  It is not Gothic.  It is not reactionary.  It is 20th C American Classicism and it is at the same time modern!  It is not simply representational but moves beatifully within itself and is a very original composition!  It is at once abstract and real.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Krishna and the Gopis, oil on canvas 30"x32"

A synthesis of East and West, Antonio's original 'western' take on the Hindu subject.

from 'the oxherding' series

Antonio did as sculpture environments, the stages of spiritual life and enlightment, expressed in the Zen tradition as the oxherding series.  There are, I believe, 6 two dimensional panels in the series. Here, of course, Antonio takes on, quite successfully, the story in 3 dimensions!  This is the first in the series where the man goes out to find and tame an ox.

 Here are a couple more from the series:

Here's a YouTube video of Antonio and Jeremy looking at the series: