Keung Szeto (1948 – 2011)

 

Title: Art, 1980 43" x 33" (109.22cm x 83.82cm) Created: 1980 Acrylic/Canvas Signed and Dated Farhat Art Museum Collection.

Title: Art, 1980
43″ x 33″
(109.22cm x 83.82cm)
Created: 1980
Acrylic/Canvas
Signed and Dated
Farhat Art Museum Collection.

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Remembering the artist

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Remembering the artist Szeto Keung
From writing by Eslite Gallery
New York

On September 5th, 2011, Szeto KEUNG passed away at 63 years old in New York due to heart disease. This person nicknamed “Szeto Rose” was not only a master realist painter, but also a dear mentor to young artists and students. His sudden departure has shocked and saddened many.

He started collaborating with ESLITE GALLERY since its founding in 1989. During this 22 year period, he participated in a total of seven solo exhibitions. KEUNG took a long time to shape his paintings, taking up to a year to create four to five works. Among these works, he created several photo-realist paintings. ESLITE GALLERY director Emily Chao recalls, “One time in the gallery, a visitor said that KEUNG’s works could not be bought because the gallery used a special light and buying the painting was not enough – the light would have to be bought as well.” Not all of KEUNG’s paintings can be classified as entirely photo-realistic. Although it is true he depicted what he saw, he also added personal touches in his paintings, combining abstract expressionism, ultra-realism, pop, etc. along with collage and other creative uses of acrylic paint. He also uses his works to represent his favorite classical Chinese poetry. When he contrasts the realistic roses or objects against an abstract background, he shows the depth of his works through its illustration of culture. The work is no longer just a beautiful object but an object of scholarly refinement.

Szeto KEUNG was a consistent person, where his attention to art and painting could be described as a fanatic. He used almost all his time thinking and creating, training his extraordinary vision – Emily Chao called him the “artist Bo Le*”. Whenever he encountered good artists, KEUNG would be more than happy to share and recommend them, objectively and unselfishly, to Emily. Not only that, he would personally visit and introduce them to Emily. It is because of KEUNG that the gallery’s artists include XU Bing, CAI Guo-Qiang, Paul CHIANG, etc..

Szeto KEUNG loved to read. From time to time, he would create lists of books for the gallery to help him buy (“Young Lady” was how Keung affectionately addressed the gallery’s employees). This avid reader had small hill-like piles of books throughout his Soho apartment. KEUNG was a great romantic who loved beauty and fashion. He generally did not follow brand names or trends. He spent a lot of time creating his personal style between punk and unconventional beauty. If he were late to a gathering with friends, they’d always say “KEUNG is still getting dressed.” When he finally appeared, he’d look like he had just woken up from bed. Don’t be mistaken however, because it was all the result of careful deliberation.

Compared to how delicate and precise his paintings are, KEUNG was sloppy in his life, let alone his finance. It was in his nature to burn a hole in the gallery reception table while smoking, or have stacks of messy notes and documents stained by coffee. Because of his casual attitude, he neglected himself for the past decade and let his health deteriorate. KEUNG had said, “Death is a cycle inevitable for any sentient life. Flowers will blossom then fade, bloom with vibrant color then droop with desolate sadness. It is hard to let go right before death, when one reflects on one’s life with sorrow at memorable moments. If one is of a more passionate nature, he will feel deeper grief towards the flower’s demise.” His death calls for us to grieve deeply and ESLITE GALLERY will hold a memorial service within a month, to gather people that miss KEUNG, to once again enjoy the pure wit and style of the artist’s talent.

*Bo Le is a figure in a traditional Chinese story who had recognized potential in a horse that no one else believed could be a winner, and gave it an opportunity to develop its full skill as a galloper.
Keung Szeto

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2008 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2005 Eslite Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
2003 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
2000 Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1999 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1996 1978-1996: Keung Szeto, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1996 Superreal: Szeto Keung, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong
1995 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1993 Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1992 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1991 Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1990 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1988 Gallery Triform, Taipei, Taiwan
1987 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1984 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1982 O.K. Harris Works of Art, New York, NY
1974 Hong Kong Art Center, Alliance Francaise and Goethe Institute, Hong Kong; (sponsored and exhibited jointly)
1973-74 United States Information Service of Taipei, Taiwan
1971 Liang’s Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2006 The Eclectic Eye: Selections of Fantasy and Illusion from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,
Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
2005-06 Art And Illusion: Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA
2004 Seeing is Believing: American Trompe l’oeil, New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain, CT
2004 Contemporary American Realism VII, M.A. Doran Gallery, Tulsa, OK
2003-04 Everything OK at OK Harris, Brevard Museum of Art and Science, Melbourne, FL
2003 Pop and Illusionism: Contemporary Works From The Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation,
Contemporary Art Center of Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA
2002 Song of Clouds and Waters: New Realist Painting in Taiwan Since the 1970’s, Asia Art Center,
Taipei, Taiwan
1998 Selections from the Frederick R. Weisman Collections, Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art,
Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA
1998 Contemporary Art From The Overseas Chinese, Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan
l995-96 Made To order. America’s Most Wanted paintings, Alternative Museum, New York, NY
1994 Between East West Transformations of Chinese Art in the Late Twentieth Century, Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT
1993 Neither East Nor West: Seven Contemporary New York Artists Taipei Gallery, New York, NY
1992-94 Visions In Between- New York/China Japan, Korea, Ise Art Foundation, New York, NY;
travelling to: Fukuyama Museum, Hiroshima, Japan; Park Ryu Sook Gallery, Seoul Korea; Walker Hill
Art Center, Seoul, Korea; New Trends Gallery, Taichung, Taiwan; Howard Salon, Taipei, Taiwan; G. Zen Art Gallery, Kao Hsiung Taiwan; Taipei Gallery, New York, NY
1992 The Reality of Illusion, Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Portland, OR
1992 The Articulated Thumbprint, Boca Raton Museum of Art, Boca Raton, FL
1991 New York/Taipei: An Encounter With Modernism, Taipei Gallery, McGraw­ Hill Building,
New York, NY
1991 Dual Cultures: China & U.S.A., Six Realist Painters, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, NY
1991 Taipei New York, Confrontation of Modernism, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1991 Exhibition of Ten Chinese Artists in New York, Oriental Gallery, New York, NY
1990 Chinese Modern Realist Paintings, China House of Arts, New York, NY
1990 Contemporary Artists Drawing Exhibition, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipai, Taiwan
1990 A Small Bite Of The Apple; The 79th Annual Exhibition, Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon
Woman’s College, Lynchburg, VA
1989 The Selected Contemporary Artists Series Exhibition, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan
1988 Continuity and Change: Five Contemporary Chinese Artists, Yale University Art Gallery,
New Haven, CT
1988 La Passion Des Apparences, Galerie Gismondi, Paris, France
1987 Fall Invitational, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
1987 Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Desind, Mutter Institute of American Art,
Youngstown, OH
1987 Taipei Art Gallery, Chinese Cultural Center, New York, NY
1986 Eleven New York Artists Works Exhibition, Guang Dong Art Academy, Guang Dong, China
1985-86 More Than Meets the Eye: The Art of Trompe l’Oeil, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH;
Norton Gallery, West Palm Beach, FL
1985 16 Works Of Contemporary Chinese Artists, Lincoln Center Cork Gallery, New York, NY
1985 The Real Thing: Trompe l’Oeil, Castle Gallery, College of New Rochelle, New Rochelle, NY
1984 Overseas Chinese Artists Exhibition, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
1984 Illusions Greenville County Museum of Art, Greenville, SC
1983-85 Contemporary Tromp l’OeiI Painting and Sculpture, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID; travelling
to: Museum of Art, Washington State University, Pullman, WA; Bellevue Art Museum, Pullman, WA; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, UT; Laguna Beach Museum of Art, Laguna Beach, CA; Queens Museum, Flushing NY
1983 Material Illusions/Unlikely Materials, Taft Museum, Cincinnati, OH
1983 The Great Illusionists, Ben Shahn Gallery, William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ
1982 Still Life/Interiors. Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans, LA
1980 Illusionism, O.K. Harris West, Scottsdale, AZ
1975 Contemporary Chinese Ink-Painting of Hong Kong, National Gallery of Arts and Museum of History,
Taipei, Taiwan
Numerous group exhibitions beginning in 1971 through 1974

Selected Bibliography: Books & Catalogues

Song of Clouds and Waters: New Realist Painting in Taiwan Since the 1970’s, Asia Art Center, Taipei, Taiwan; Essay: Shih Tung Shin, 2002.
Contemporary Art From The Overseas Chinese, Galerie Pierre, Taichung, Taiwan, 1998.
From Native and Foreign Lands, Cherny Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, Text: Keo Chien-Hui, 1996.
Superreal: Szeto Keung, Hanart TZ Gallery, Hong Kong; Text: Chu-Tsing Li, 1996
Between East and West: Transformations ofChinese Art in the Later Twentieth Century, Discovery Museum, Bridgeport, CT, 1994
Szeto Keung’s Work, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Introduction: Shou-Chien Shili, 1993
Neither East Nor West Seven Contemporary New York Artists, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY;
Introduction:Eleanor Heartney, 1993.
Visions In Between, Taipei Gallery, New York, NY; Essay: Eleanor Heartney, 1993
Discover A Brave New World, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 1992.
Dual Cultures: Taiwan/New York-Six Realist Artists, Nassau County Museum of Art, Roslyn, Introduction: Constance Schwartz, 1991
Taipei New York. Confrontation of Modernism, Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan;
Foreword: Kuo Wei-fan, 1991.
Keung Szeto, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan; Text; Eleanor Heartney, 1991
Points of View Works by Nine Artists of Asian Backround Emerson Gallery, Rockland Center For The Arts, West Nyack, NY; Introduction: Hanford Yang, 1991
Chinese Modern Realist Paintings, China Houseof Arts, Introduction: Rebecca Wu, New York, NY, 1990.
Contemporary Artists Drawing Exhibition,Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan, 1990.
The Selected Contemporary Artists Series Exhibition, Cherng Piin Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan 1989
Continuity and Change: Five Contemporary Chinese Artists, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; Text; Elizabeth Miller, 1988
Szeto’s Paintings, Gallery Triform, Taipei, Taiwan, 1988
The Works of Keung Szeto, The Hong Kong Institute for Promotion of Chinese Culture, Hong Kong;
Preface: Van Lan; Introduction: Wucius Wong, Hong Kong, 1988
La Passion Des Apparences, Galerie Gismondi, Paris France; Introduction: Alain Blondel, 1988.
Mainstream America: The Collection of Phil Desind, Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, OH; Introduction: Louis Zona, 1987.
More Than Meets The Eye: The Art of Trompe l’Oeil, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH;
Foreword: Budd Harris Bishop, 1985.
American Art Now, Edward Lucie-Smith, William Morrow & Company, New York 1985
Eleven New York Artists Work Exhibition, Guang Dong Branch of Chinese Artists Association, Guang Dong, China; Foreword: Tong Sil Ming, 1985
Contemporary Trompe l’Oeil Painting and Sculpture, Boise Gallery of Art, Boise, ID;
Introduction: Dennis O’Leary, 1983

Selected Public Collections:

Hong Kong Museum of Art, Hong Kong
Taipei. Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Taiwan Museum of Art, Taichung, Taiwan
Kaosiung Museum of Fine Arts, Kaosiung, Taiwan
Forbes Magazine, New York, NY
Albany Museum, Albany, GA
Farhat Art Museum, Lebanon

Egidio Bonfante (1922-2004 )

These four oil paintings by Egidio Bonfante are part of the F.A.M from the Italian collection


Egidio Bonfante
From paintings of Venice, on the covers of Urban Planning and Community, up to the collage with the caps of glass bottles: the collaboration with Olivetti of a great artist of our time
The studies and the meeting with the Olivetti
Egidio Bonfante was born in Treviso on July 7, 1922. Ten years after he moved to Novara, and soon after to Milan, then follow the courses at the Brera Academy of Art College and then enrolled in the Faculty of Architecture at the Polytechnic. In the same period, from 1940 to 1946, he started attending assiduously Venice where he met several artists with whom he also occasion to paint: the Venetian city will soon become one of the main themes of his works, in which will be presented primarily using watercolors .


In 1942 he co-founded the monthly magazine of politics, literature and arts position, a few years later with Alberto Cavallari directs the monthly number of art and literature and at the same time was active as editor of A, News, Architecture, Housing, Arts .
The meeting with Olivetti in 1948, marks a turning point in his career and vocational Bonfante was commissioned by the company to study the layout for the new series of revised Community directed by Adriano Olivetti. The first issue was released in January 1949 is the beginning of an intense graphics and advertising in the corporate world.

From magazine covers to exhibitions around the world
The activity of Bonfante Olivetti makes it very fast and the graphic artist is responsible for some of the most famous and popular magazines published by Olivetti in addition to the Community, including Olivetti and Urban News, a quarterly magazine of the National Planning, conducted by Adriano Olivetti, then president of the Institute. The designs for the covers Bonfante offers are always original and sometimes unusual. May depict simple signs and symbols, or images that lead back to what is then presented in the magazine, as in the case of some numbers that Urban Bonfante illustrates Giotto’s bell tower in Florence or the houses of Amsterdam.
Olivetti Bonfante also works on several paintings wall. The first paintings date from the summer of 1952 and are carried out by the colony of Marina di Massa, the architects who designed the building asked him to decorate a wall 17 meters of the refectory and the artist performs a large painting of the sea crowded with boats and surrounded by palms and trees. The following year, he is also to decorate other walls of the colony, as a room dedicated to the rest of the children: here the artist uses images inspired by the Luna Park: the roller coaster, the Ferris wheel, carousels with horses …
The relationship with Olivetti are well established and Bonfante also deals with the design of some stores: in 1952 restructuring the showroom in Naples, where he produced a mural inspired by the architecture and the spontaneous nature of the Mediterranean in 1957 designed the store Olivetti Caracas, which also contains a mural inspired by its Venetian architecture.
A Bonfante Olivetti also entrusted the preparation of exhibitions and exhibition stands. In 1960, along with Musatti Riccardo and Renzo Zorzi, is responsible for the exhibition in memory of Adriano Olivetti in the XII Triennale di Milano. The following year, part of staging the exhibition stand Olivetti Italy ’61 to celebrate the Centennial of national unity and held in Turin. Among the most important installations are those designed by Bonfante Interorgtechnika for the fair in Moscow in 1966, for the exhibition in Copenhagen in 1969 and Olivetti for SICOB in Paris in 1972.

Advertising and assemblages
A very important contribution given by the Olivetti Bonfante consists of the advertising campaigns that the artist studied for some products, including, in the early ’70s, the calculator Divisumma 18 and the writing system Editor S14. The advertisements studied by Bonfante try to enhance certain qualities with the graphics of the products presented: for example, in the case of Divisumma 18, the artist focuses not only on elegance and design of the machine, especially on its size “portable “while to describe and represent the Editor S14 offers spectacular and captivating images to emphasize and enhance the efficiency and performance of the machine.
Also in the advertising field, in the ’70s Bonfante is also involved in various campaigns carried out during the holiday season, especially to promote the sale of certain portable typewriter, including the Letter 35. The messages proposed by the artist are immediate, easy to read and posters made by him are all characterized by a short slogan and a picture of the product, often associated with people of different ages and professions.
Bonfante is also dedicated to the achievement of some institutional advertising campaigns for Olivetti, in particular to reinforce the image of a company strongly focused on electronics and computers, to create the posters in this campaign, Bonfante inspired by the large images electronic circuit designs and is preparing a series of colorful and vibrant, able to capture the immediate attention of the public.
Towards the end of 1970, Egidio Bonfante begins to experiment with new artistic techniques. In particular, approaches to the mosaic and collage and comes to realize that those are called “assemblages” works made entirely with crown caps, the “multi-colored caps,” the soft drink consumer. In these compositions, the exhibition is dedicated to Venice and Byzantium, which inaugurates the activities of the Studio d’Ars in Milan. In recent years, Bonfante is also running a series of collages depicting the cutting process colors mosaics of the Basilica of San Marco in Venice: thus a new interpretation of Venetian architecture.

Bonfante, who worked for Olivetti until the ’80s, certainly has left an indelible mark within the company: With his great skills as an artist very creative, eclectic and unconventional, helped present the image in the world Olivetti as a company alive and dynamic. The role played by artistic and cultural Bonfante Olivetti is clear from various publications including the book published by Electa Egidio Bonfante (1996) or Egidio Bonfante, a painter at Olivetti (2003), one of the “books” of the Association Archives Olivetti on which the Director of the Archives, Eugene Pacchioli, interview the artist about his career holding Ivrea.
Bonfante the painter has presented his works in numerous exhibitions of high level, including one promoted by the Centro Culturale Olivetti in 1956 and 1976, the Olivetti showroom on display in Venice.
Egidio Bonfante died in Milan in February 2004.

A New World of Creativity !

On the contrary of what is happening in Today’s creativity forms: the core activity of a growing section of the global economy—the so-called “creative industries”—capitalistically generating  wealth through the creation and exploitation of intellectual property or through the provision of creative services.

The Farhat Cultural Center is always seeking to collect Great Artworks ( Paintings, Photography, Sculptures, Videos, Instalations …) , to share it with the world as a  pure Proof to the EXISTENCE of Honest Humanity in the Individual Creativity .