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My art education was academic and traditional and included many years of drawing and painting the human figure.   Beginning at age twelve I attended Saturday children's classes for several years at New York's Art Students League, and later two years of anatomy with Robert Beverly Hale, (in both classes we drew from nude models).   In 1950, I enrolled as a full time student at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Bologna to study etching with Giorgio Morandi and in painting classes with Virgilio Guidi and Pompilio Mandelli we worked from live models.  Coursework also included anatomical drawing and observation of dissections at the university hospital morgue (where these sessions were always held right after lunch).  My background in anatomy and the years of studying the figure was valuable nevertheless, as it did teach me the discipline of seeking out the inner structure that exists everywhere and in everything.  In 1954 I wrote my thesis in Italian on "Il trecento e il cubismo," ("The Fourteenth Century and Cubism") and graduated from the Accademia that year.


Senior Lecturer, Department of Fine Arts, Harvard University
Director, The Print Workshop, Office for the Arts, Harvard University
Instructor, Seminars in Printmaking Procedures, The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Lecturer on special exhibitions, Boston Museum of Fine Arts
Instructor, School of the Worcester Art Museum
Instructor in Drawing, Art and Architecture, School of Engineering, University of Illinois, Chicago
Teaching Assistant to Giorgio Morandi, Accademia di Belle Arti, Bologna


Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Palazzo Poli, Rome
Nantenshi Gallery, Tokyo
Susan Caldwell Gallery, New York
Galleria del Milione, Milan
La Strozzina di Palazzo Strozzi, Florence


Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Fogg Art Museum, Cambridge
Boston Public Library, Boston
New York Public Library, New York
Museo di Arte Moderna, La Spezia
Galleria d'Arte Moderna, Bologna
The New Museum, Hokkaido
Ohara Museum, Kurashiki
The Tokyo Gallery, Tokyo
University collections in Delaware, Nebraska, San Francisco and Michigan
Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Rome
Yale University Art Gallery


6th Biennale Nazionale di Incisione, Verona (2013)
"The Synthetic Century", Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven (2002)
Meridian International Art Center, Washington, DC (1997)
Galleria Stamparte, Bologna, Italy (1993)
11th British International Print Biennale, Royal College of Art, London and Bradford (1990)
Public and Private: American Prints Today,24th National Print Exhibition, Brooklyn Museum,
Brooklyn (1990) travelled to the following venues:
Flint Institute of Art, Michigan (1987); Museum of the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence (1987); Carnegie Institute; Pittsburgh, Walker Art Institute, Minneapolis (1986)
Prints Recently Acquired,Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (1985)
"Collected Visions", Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, catalogue (1986)
24th National Exhibition, Prints and Drawings, Tokyo (1979)
"Works on Paper", Providence Watercolour Club, Providence (1977)
Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, North Carolina (1975)
National Exhibition of Prints, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.(1973)
"Image of the City" Gund Hall, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University (1973)
Contemporary Works, travelling exhibit sponsored by Pratt Graphics Workshop (1973)
Hayden Gallery, M.I.T. (1973)
Weyhe Gallery, New York (1956,1957 and 1971)
Society of American Graphic Artists, New York (1957 and 1960)
Galleria La Loggia, Bologna (1957)
Art Alliance of Philadelphia (1957)
Art Institute of Chicago(1956)
IIIa Mostra di Pittura Americana Bordighera (1955)
Quadriennale di Torino, Turin (1955)
Giardini della Biennale, Venice (1955)


"The Imagery and Technique of Morandi's Etchings," catalogue essay for the Metropolitan Museum, Skira , Milan, 2008
Giorgio Morandi: The Art of Silence Yale University Press, New Haven, (2005)
"La Tecnica Incisoria di Giorgio Morandi," Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica, Electa, Milan (1990)
"The Master of Silence--Giorgio Morandi," Stephen Haller Gallery,New York.(1986)
"A European Sensibility: Andre Kertész," Print Collector's Newsletter, New York(1983)
"The Liberation of the Object," Art in America (March 1983)
"Vision and Technique, The Etchings of Giorgio Morandi," Print Collector's Newsletter, New York (1981) Asahi Evening News, Tokyo, Reviews about Modern Art: (1979-1980)
     "The Inner Nature of Things"(on Insic Quac)
     "In Memoriam: Kazuo Shimizu"
     "A Record of Suffering" (on Wols, 1913-1951).
     "The Audacity to be Simple" (on Barnett Newman)
"The Proper Stuff of Art", SAGURU (Search ) Gallery TE, Tokyo ,(1979)
"The Artist's Artist", Arts Canada, April(1979)
"A World Within a Studio", The Vanguard, The Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, October. (1977)
"Giorgio Morandi", essay, exhibition catalogue Busch-Reisinger , Harvard University Cambridge.(1968)


American Academy in Rome Summer Resident: 2005, 1994, 1989, 1985, 1984
The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (1998)
Work Session, Calcografia Nazionale, Rome (Sept.- Oct. 1994)
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship (1992)
American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship (1991)
Elected member ad honorem of the Accademia Clementina ,Bologna (1990)
Fulbright Fellowship for travel to Italy (1989)
Rockefeller Foundation's Study and Conference Center, Residency, Bellagio, Italy,(1989)
"William R. Keenan, Jr. Award for Teaching Excellence and Innovation", Harvard University (1988)
Faculty Committee, Harvard University, Travel Grant for a Professional Artist, (1982)
Japan Foundation Fellowship (1980)
Senior Fulbright Artist's Fellowship for Japan (1977-1979
MacDowell Colony Residency (1975 and 1976)
Ossabaw Island Residency (1976)
The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Fellowship for Painting/Printmaking, Cambridge (1962)


Italian Radio and Television (RAI-3), International Program 'Zoom':
     Interview conducted in Italian."Morandi and The Cultural Policies of the Regime"(2006)
Yale University, Slifka Center, New Haven. Book presentation Giorgio Morandi:The Art of Silence
Italian Cultural Institute, New York. "The Art, Life and Politics of Giorgio Morandi"(2006)
New York Studio School, New York. "The Art of Morandi"(1991)
"The Architectural Structures in the Still Lifes of Giorgio Morandi", College Art Association, Washington, D.C.(1991)
New York Studio School, New York. "Reciprocal Influences in Art--: America/Japan
And Japan/America" (1983)
Fukui Prefectural Museum, Fukui, Japan. "Modern American Art and Architecture"(1980)
IBM Summer Seminar on American Culture, Kyoto, Japan. "Modern Art in America"(1979)
College Women's Association of Japan, Tokyo. "American Printmaking Today",((1979)
Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, B.C. "The Artist's Artist: Giorgio Morandi"(1977)
Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University. "The World of Giorgio Morandi".(1977)
Busch-Reisinger Museum, Harvard University. Symposium, Radcliffe Collector's Exhibition, :
"The Function and Value of Individual Craftsmanship in a Technological Society"(1974)
School of Visual Arts, Boston University ,Two Lectures "Women in Art" ,"The Art of Giorgio Morandi"(1971)
Catalogue for "Symposium about Structure in Honor of Cyril Stanley Smith"  Departments
    of Humanities and Metallurgy and Materials Science, M.I.T. (1969)


"The Etchings of Giorgio Morandi" Pace Master Prints, New York, (2008)
Exhibitions at the Fogg Art Museum and the Carpenter Center, Harvard University
     Prints and the Tools that Make Them (1983)
     Books and Prints from the Woodblock and the Metal Plate: Dürer to Franz Kline (1982)
     Processes and Materials of Art (1981)