Welcome to Leslie Rankow Fine Arts new blog, “Airport, please!”
As incredible as it seems, the first Leslie Rankow Fine Arts Blog posted in November, 2011. I cannot begin to express my gratitude and appreciation to all of the many contributors, from various areas of the art world: auction specialists, gallerists, framers, conservators, curators, collectors. Without their dedication and commitment and desire to share their knowledge and enthusiasm, the LRFA blog would not exist.
Times have radically changed. As we are hopefully nearing at the end of the covid-19 pandemic spectrum, we have all searched for ways to support galleries, promote artists, inform collectors, and attract buyers, using the extraordinary digital technology that has gained in sophistication since the LRFA blog first started. We are inundated with virtual viewing rooms, spotlights, email, blogs, posts, IG, a tsunami of social media, hoping to reach a new global audience by live streaming, video and digital means. Many are succeeding brilliantly, some will disappear and new voices will appear when all the doors reopen in one form or another and we can travel the world again mask-free.
After a year of stasis, immobility and lockdowns, the urge to travel, to visit museums and galleries in foreign cities, to revisit favorite paintings in museums around the world, to view auction lots in person and attend fairs and sales, has taken hold. Airport, please! will feature exhibitions and museums that have caught the eye of the LRFA blog, with special posts by both dear, near and far friends, colleagues and experts whose vision we have so enjoyed since the inception of the blog and new contributors as well.
So book your trip on Airport, please! and join us. No social distancing necessary.
We are first heading to Rome, to The Mattatoio de Tastaccio, to view a photography exhibition organized by Rome’s Cultural Development Department, in conjunction with the International Photography Festival in Rome. Bringing together work by internationally known photographers, the exhibition highlights new and experimental approaches to documenting reality and to investigating history. The photographs were all taken in 2019, in the pre-covid era, but are more relevant than ever.
Photography. New 2020 productions for the Rome collection opened February 25 and will continue until May 16. The work of five new photographers will be added to the previous fifteen Italian and international photographers selected for artistic residencies in the capital and included in the Photographic Archive of the Museum of Rome.
Situated on the edge of the Tiber River, on Piazza Orazio Giustiniani, 4, in the recently gentrified Testaccio neighborhood, the Mattatoio is an ideal site for a community of cultural experimentation. In keeping with the bistros, clubs, and nightspots that surround it, MACRO’s space at the Mattatoio is open from 4pm until midnight.
At its peak, Testaccio’s slaughterhouse was the largest in Europe. It was also one of the most technologically advanced. Built between 1888 and 1891 by Gioacchino Ersoch, architect emeritus of the City of Rome, the pavilions of the Mattatoio illustrate the transition from classicism to modernity and provide an important historical example of the monumentality and rationale of turn-of-the-century industrial architecture.
Where to next? Stay tuned and as always, thank you for following the LRFA Blog!