Now open at NMWA: Signature Line

On the evening of Monday, May 20, the National Museum of Women in the Arts hosted a reception in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, Washington, D.C., in honor of the exhibition Bice Lazzari: Signature Line.

Il Cerchio (The Circle), 1967; Tempera and pencil on canvas; Courtesy of Archivio Bice Lazzari

Il Cerchio (The Circle), 1967; Tempera and pencil on canvas; Courtesy of Archivio Bice Lazzari

Remarks were made by NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, His Excellency Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero of Italy, and NMWA Chief Curator Kathryn Wat. In addition, a charming short video was also presented of the director of the Archivio Bice Lazzari in Rome, Mariagrazia Lapadula, who lent the works for the exhibition. Visitors enjoyed the remarks and toured the gallery where Lazzari’s paintings and drawings are on view.

Remarks at the opening were given by NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, left, and His Excellency Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero of Italy, who also presented a video recording of the director of the Archivio Bice Lazzari in Rome, Mariagrazia Lapadula

Remarks at the opening were given by NMWA Founder Wilhelmina Cole Holladay, left, and His Excellency Ambassador Claudio Bisogniero of Italy, who also presented a video recording of the director of the Archivio Bice Lazzari in Rome, Mariagrazia Lapadula

Signature Line features paintings and drawings by Lazzari, whose work commonly features sets of hand-drawn lines, often over fields of color. Her style was influenced by Art Informel, a European free-form abstract movement that has parallels with Abstract Expressionism and Action Painting. Lazzari’s goal was to move beyond form and use her art to evoke pure emotion.

Autoritratto (Self-Portrait), 1929; Oil on cardboard; and Senza titolo (untitled), 1966; Pastel on paper; both courtesy Archivio Bice Lazzari

Left: Autoritratto (Self-Portrait), 1929; Oil on cardboard; and right: Senza titolo (untitled), 1966; Pastel on paper; both courtesy Archivio Bice Lazzari

Bice Lazzari: Signature Line is open through September 22 at NMWA—make plans to visit this summer!

Bice Lazzari: Signature Line is organized by the National Museum of Women in the Arts, in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy, Washington, D.C., and the Archivio Bice Lazzari, Rome, with additional support from the members of NMWA.

The exhibition is presented as part of 2013—Year of Italian Culture in the United States, an initiative held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic and organized by Italy’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, D.C., with the support of the Corporate Ambassadors Eni and Intesa Sanpaolo

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