"My goal is to represent spatially the complexity of profiles, the dimensions of forms which constantly seem to rearrange themselves in space and set themselves between the empty space and the concrete form." Mario Dal Fabbro
Dal Fabbro was born into a family of furniture-making craftsmen in Capella Maggiore, Treviso, Italy. He studied in Venice at the Institute for Decorative and Industrial Arts and at the Regio Magistero Artistico, majoring in art and design and graduating with honors in 1938.
In his later career, Dal Fabbro focused solely on his sculpture, perfecting his transformation of wood into his signature fluid and dynamic shapes. This exhibition at Maison Gerard is the latest in an ongoing series showcasing artists who are little known outside the collector’s market but whose work is important and noteworthy today.
"I personally love the effortless quality of his work, the purity of form, which is the thread throughout the body of work..." Benoist F. Drut, Maison Gerard
Mario Dal Fabbro Sculpture: Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 22nd - 6 - 9 PM
Exhibition from Thursday, February 23 - Friday, March 30, 2012
Artists are a rare breed, and their actions are usually misunderstood. How do you explain why someone as creative and imaginative as Mario Dal Fabbro chose not to sell his important sculptures during his lifestyle? I don't pretend to know the answer to that, but I do know that many art collectors are thankful that the wait is over. Starting this Thursday, until March 30th, Maison Gerard will feature and sell 40 rare and exquisite wood sculptures by the artist and mid-century furniture designer at their swanky gallery, located at 43 East 10th Street. RSVP (
) for this event, because quite frankly, you won't regret it.
In his lifetime, the esteemed sculptor only exhibited his works but never allowed them to be sold. Known for his seductive abstract forms, and his connection to the wood is evident in the way he highlights the natural beauty of its density, color and grain. The result is the constant interaction of solid and void, mass and movement, for pieces that are supremely architectural and structured yet sensuous and tactile. He was trained as a sculptor but took an active role in the family furniture business. I will look for you at the party in order to entertain your feedback for this special sale and exhibition at Maison Gerard. Are you thinking of purchasing one of these sculptures, and if so, which one?
Stop by Maison Gerard for their current exhibition of Mario Del Fabbro's work, and you may find yourself asking, "How did I not know about this guy?" While he was alive, Del Fabbro did accept commission for private individuals and furniture houses, however, he refused to sell his sculptures, which were to him his original passion. His incandescent's body of work stand side by side with artists like Francisco Eppens Helguera, and Italian sculptor, Umberto Boccioni. This show includes 40 of his original works, many of which are signed, dated and inscribed. I really love the artist's connection to wood which is so evident in the way his pieces show a natural beauty of of their own, without added embellishment (a few pieces carry the occasional light application of lacquer). The shapes are geometric, abstract and they seduce the eye. What does co-owner, Benoist Drut had to say about Mario Del Fabbro's work? "I personally love the effortless quality of his work, the purity of form, which is the thread throughout the body of work..." The exhibition is open from Thursday, February 23 - Friday, March 30, 2012. Maison Gerard is located at 43 East 10th Street, New York City.