The Americans Matthew Brannon and Eric Wesley, together with the Italian Patrizio Di Massimo, are the three artists invited to participate in Artists for Frescobaldi in 2016: a Prize created in 2012 by Tiziana Frescobaldi, Artistic Director, and curated by the art critic Ludovico Pratesi.
The three artists were asked to create a work inspired by CastelGiocondo, the Frescobaldi family estate in Montalcino, which they visited in July and October 2015, to interpret its spirit, history and terroir. Each artist will also create a drawing recalling his work for the label of a limited edition of 999 magnums of Castelgiocondo Brunello 2011, a harvest dedicated to Artists for Frescobaldi. Part of the proceeds from the sale of the magnumandrà in support of young Tuscan artists, to reaffirm the commitment of the Frescobaldi family to the art of the latest generations.
The awards ceremony will be held on 21 October 2016 at the Gam, the Modern Art Gallery of Milan, in the Villa Reale in via Palestro, where the works of the three artists will be on public display for three weeks from 21 October to 6 November at the Parnassus room.
To decree the winner, a prestigious international jury was appointed: Massimiliano Gioni (Artistic Director of the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi in Milan), Samuel Keller (Director of the Beyeler Foundation in Basel) and Gianfranco Maraniello (Director of the Mart in Trento and Rovereto).
"This year we looked at the United States: for the third edition we involved two American artists and an Italian artist. This choice reflects the company's commitment on an international level »commented Tiziana Frescobaldi, project director and exponent of the thirtieth generation. "At the same time the Tenuta di CastelGiocondo, in Montalcino, a" place "with a strong identity in the heart of Tuscany, was chosen as the protagonist of the Award".
«The choice of the three artists was determined by their ability to capture the genius loci of CastelGiocondo, even through different visions and languages, to interpret the theme of the Award in an original and surprising way» adds Ludovico Pratesi, curator of the initiative. «The prestige of the jurors will reward the artist and the most deserving work, to allow this prize to gain an important international visibility».