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Letter to Ms. Liesbeth den Besten about the book review The Padua School of jewellery, considered from inside.

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Published: 26.01.2006
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Author:
Graziella Folchini Grassetto

Intro
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I agree with you about the radical minimalism
of Emmy van Leersum, but I confirm the original expression of Babetto’s minimalist works.
In fact, I do not think that the use of gold
contradicts the concept of minimalism.
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Dear Liesbeth den Besten,


I send you all my thanks for the interesting review you made of the book Contemporary Jewellery. The Padua School.

Despite that, I need to precise some of your statements:
You assert that, in the text, there is no explanation of the reason why the Padua School uses gold. In my opinion, there is no need for any comment about it, because, as it is widely expressed in the book, Italian jewellery culture - not only Paduan – is traditionally bonded to the use of gold for its glorious past. The problem of the radical revolution against gold in some Northern countries has never touched Italy. Therefore, it was not necessary to discuss about it.

You express your surprise for the fact that the Padua School has not received any influence of the “revolutionary radical character of works of art by Italian artists like Lucio Fontana, Mario Merz, Enzo Mari and Piero Manzoni”. I am as well surprised for you assertion because the Padua School participated very actively to the most important visual art movement in Padua, Gruppo Enne, which was linked with some other visual artists in Italy and abroad. Their experience was therefore strictly connected to kinetic and later to minimal art and action painting too (i.e. Francesco Pavan), and very far from the spatial and conceptual research of the artists you mentioned. But I am sure that this does not reduce their value and importance.
It is interesting to notice that Francesco Pavan, with his kinetic work (1993-1994) called Omaggio a Fontana, gave a very late tribute to the artist. But it was only a tribute.

Finally, I agree with you about the radical minimalism of Emmy van Leersum, but I confirm the original expression of Babetto’s minimalist works. In fact, I do not think that the use of gold contradicts the concept of minimalism.

It has been a pleasure to have the possibility to exchange different opinions.

Best regards,


Graziella Folchini Grassetto, Padova, 4th August 2005

References

The book:

Graziella Folchini Grassetto
Contemporary Jewellery The Padua School
168 pages, 170 objects reproduced, mainly in colour
Hardcover with dust jacket
Text in Italian and English
Publisher: Arnoldsche. ISBN: 3-89790-202-8
Prize: US$ 75 | £ 39,80 | € 49,80 (Ger)
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