Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Spectrum 13 Cover

Arnie Fenner let me have a preview of the Spectrum 13 cover. Arnie, who's normally quite reserved, has been teasing me all year about how good this new edition will be. It'll be a long summer waiting to see it.

The cover art, Prometheus by Donato Giancola, has an interesting story. It
was painted for an exhibit curated by Vincent Di Fate to hang in a Chelsea gallery. However, at 6.5'x9', it was too large to display! Donato put paying commissions aside for 6 weeks to paint it and no one was going to see it. Since then, it has appeared on the cover of Asimov's, gotten a gold medal from Spectrum, secured him a highly prestigious commission from the Untied Nations, and, finally, it is on displayed at the New York Hall of Science. From Donato, "If this isn't a great example of why you take chances, I cannot think of a better one."


Josh Jasper said...

The painting's stylistic reference to Baroque paintings of angels is touching and lovely.

Irene Gallo said...

What a nice comment. I know Donato appreciated it.

I saw Donato give a slide lecture about his influences. He showed slides of paintings that he admired from all the world's great museums and then show some of the paintings that he did after having seen those particular paintings. It was a fantastic lecture.

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