Vincent Cavallaro (1912-1985)
Vincent Cavallaro (1912-1985). Untitled c.1960. Cast bronze on rotating beveled wood base. Base measures 6 x 10.25 inches. Bronze measures 12.5 inches tall, 14.5 inches including base. Excellent condition with no restoration. Signed and numbered 2/3 in roman numerals.
Vincent Cavallaro (November 8, 1912, Cambridge, Massachusetts – May 22, 1985, New York City) was a painter, sculptor and abstract artist. He was a United States citizen, raised and educated in Italy (Milan). He has been honored in the States with an award from the MoMA (War Poster, 1941), commissions from the National Gallery of Art (“Man in Space” program, 1968), and commissions to create many public and private murals and monuments individuals and institutions, including public schools in the New York City area (circa 1963 – 1975).
Public installations and permanent collections: 1962 — Mosaic, Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, on Horseback, With His Aides, Casimir Pulaski Elementary School, PS 304, Brooklyn. 1963 — Bas-relief for a Main Hallway of the Horizon Building, New Jersey. 1965 — Glass Mosaic, Man in Space (8 x 21 feet), Public School 9, Upper West Side, Manhattan. 1966 — Bronze sculpture (location unknown, but thought to be a high school in Queens) 1967 — Sculpture, Man in Space, Bronze (4 feet x 10 feet x 8 inches). Relief composed of geometrically-shaped figures enclosed in geometric spaces conveys the theme of man in space and the education of science — located at Peter Rouget Junior High School 88, 544 Seventh Avenue, courtyard entrance, east wall, Brooklyn. The sculpture cost $10,000. Final approval was given July 10, 1967. Condition: Surveyed 1992 October. Treatment needed. 1968 — In cooperation with the National Gallery of Art, NASA commissioned Cavallaro to give his artistic perspective of Saturn V Apollo launch. Cavallaro painted nine works, all now in the possession of the National Air and Space Museum, Garber Facility. He was one of dozens of nationally-known artist who had participated in the NASA Art Program, which chronicled the wonders, risks and triumphs of space exploration through the eyes of artists. Selected Shows: 1941 — Merit Award (Group B), United States Department of the Treasury Defense Poster Competition, MoMA 1950 — Solo Exposition, Schwarts Gallery, Chicago 1957 — Solo Exposition, Highgate Gallery, Montclair, New Jersey 1958 — Group Exposition, Henri Gallery, Alexandria, Virginia 1959 — Semi-Solo Exposition, The Architectural League of New York 1959 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Highgate Gallery, New York 1960 — Participant, Salon International, Monte Carlo 1960 — Group Exposition, Galerie Norval, New York 1960 — Group Exposition, Carnegie Hall, New York 1960 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Highgate Gallery, 827 Third Avenue, New York (Oct thru Nov 8) 1961 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ 1962 — Group Exposition, The Marble Arch Gallery, Miami, Florida 1962 — Semi-Solo Exposition, International Graphics, J.L. Hudson Gallery, Detroit, Michigan 1963 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Fairleigh Dickinson University, NJ 1965 — Group Exposition, Museum of Fine Arts, Eilat, Israel 1965 — Film Featuring Aluminum works by Cavallaro, produced by Alcoa 1965 — Semi-Solo Exposition: Aluminum in Art, Alcoa, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1966 — Group Exposition, Finch College Museum of Art, 62 East 78th Street, New York 1966 — Group Exposition, Allentown Art Museum, PA 1966 — Semi-Solo Exposition, International Art, Hilton, New York 1967 — Group Exposition, Weintraub Gallery, 1193, Lexington Avenue, New York 1968 — Commission, NASA Art Program, Washington, D.C. 1968 — Commission, National Gallery of Art in partnership with the NASA Art Program, Washington, D.C. 1969 — Solo Exposition, Galleria Toninelli, Milan 1969 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Catherine Viviano Gallery, (October 7 to Nov. 1), New York 1980 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Nardin Galleries, 25 E 73rd St., New York (May 27 – June 29) 1980 — Semi-Solo Exposition, Apokalypsis, Nardin Galleries, 25 E 73rd St., New York (Oct 29 – Jan 4