PAINTING THE THIRD ROME
A Conversation with Pamela Talese, Robert Simon, and Luigi Ballerini
December 12, 2019
PAMELA TALESE has been painting the urban landscape in New York since 2000, and in 2012, began making annual visits to Rome. THE THIRD ROME: Allegorical Landscapes of the Modern City is the first exhibition in an ongoing project exploring the rioni of Rome outside the “centro storico” — those areas reflecting the dynamic growth and transformation of the city in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. THE THIRD ROME complements the artist’s work in the outer boroughs of New York City, which treat similar issues, though manifested in disparate visual and cultural environments.
ROBERT SIMON is an art historian, art dealer, and lover of Rome. THE THIRD ROME is the first solo exhibition by a contemporary artist at Robert Simon Fine Art, although one which extends to the present day the tradition born in the Renaissance of using Rome as both subject and inspiration.
LUIGI BALLERINI is Emeritus Professor UCLA, Distinguished poet, translator, food historian, and critic, and author of the essay “The Foro Mussolini and The Marble Boys of Yesteryear” that accompanies the photographs by George Mott's FORO ITALICO (PowerHouse Books 2003).