Federal courthouse displays colorful work of Italian-American artist Boscherini
Chief Judge Carol Bagley Amon announced on Wednesday the opening of “Massimalismo 5,” a solo exhibition of Italian-American artist Arnaldo M. Boscherini, which will be shown at the federal courthouse in Downtown Brooklyn through May.
Boscherini’s work is displayed in the lobby of the Roosevelt Federal Courthouse in the Charles P. Sifton Gallery. The gallery got its name for the judge who inspired its creation.
“I’m really honored that Arnaldo is letting us show his work,” said Hon. Frederic Block during the introduction. “You can see the work of the genius in front of you; this man is truly an inspirational person.”
This gallery opening was two years in the making. Block had initially met Boscherini through a mutual acquaintance at an Italian restaurant in Manhattan. Block was so impressed with Boscherini’s work that he suggested he write to Hon. Raymond J. Dearie, the judge in charge of picking the artists for the courthouse’s gallery.
“Well, this letter was written by Arnaldo in July 1, 2014,” Block recalled. “The answer came two years later, and here we are.”
The opening ceremony for the gallery consisted of remarks by Block and Boscherini, as well as Italian Professor Maria Pia Capello, who gave a brief presentation on Boscherini’s work.
Boscherini hails from Santa Sofia, Italy, and began his career as an artist selling jewelry to American tourists in Rome. He lived in Paris briefly before he moved to New York City in 1973. Boscherini explained that he has had trouble associating with people his entire life and said that it’s only through his artwork that he eventually found himself.
“I’m the kind of person who is bombarded constantly by images and colors,” Boscherini said. “I see forms and colors all day and all night.”
Much of the artwork in “Massimalismo 5” reflects the colors Boscherini sees. A few of the paintings are from his “Flower Bud” series, which are done based on the colors he sees at night. His “Magic Garden” series is similarly constructed.
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