NEW YORK, NY (September 29, 2014) – The prestigious Galleria Ca’ d’Oro, a Rome, Italy landmark, has opened their doors in the Chelsea section of New York City in partnership with fine art photographer, curator and collector Giada Baselice. This is Ca’ d’Oro’s second U.S. location after opening in Miami four years ago.

Galleria Ca’ d’Oro was established in 1970 in Rome by Antonio Porcella, the son of Amadore Porcella, one of the most notable art critics of his time, who wrote for L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City. Amadore was also the grandson of Alpinolo Porcella, a personal friend of recognized Italian masters, including Filippo de Pisis and Giorgio de Chirico. Galleria Ca’ d’Oro is viewed as one of Rome’s leading contemporary art galleries and is located on the historic Via del Babuino. Antonio remains active in the art world and is a current member of the de Chirico Foundation in Rome.

From left: Giada Baselice and Gloria Porcella of Galleria Ca' d'Oro New York.

From left: Giada Baselice and Gloria Porcella of Galleria Ca’ d’Oro New York.

Gloria Porcella, Antonio’s daughter and fourth generation Porcella to work in the art business, began working alongside her father in Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Rome twenty years ago and also began managing the gallery’s daily operations. In 2010, she realized her vision to bring the gallery to the U.S., opening in Miami with the intent to introduce more contemporary Italian art to the U.S. audience. Shortly after establishing Galleria Ca’ d’Oro Miami, she staged the highly-acclaimed exhibit, “Mona Lisa Unveiled” at Miami’s Freedom Tower, in coordination with the city of Margherita di Savoia and the Museo Ideale Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy.

Working with the world-renowned Cracking Art Group, Gloria also coordinated the worldwide tour of the “REGeneration Art Project,” first in Miami during the 2010 Art Basel Miami Beach, then at the 2011 Venice Biennale and concluding in 2014 in Central Park in New York. She also coordinated, “Homage to de Chirico” in New York, Los Angeles and Miami. And, she organized a tribute exhibit to Pope John Paul II celebrating the 25th anniversary of his papacy with the ”Madonna in Contemporary Art” at the European Parliament in Brussels and the Pantheon in Rome. Gloria was raised in Rome, but studied at San Diego State University before returning to Rome where she assumed an advisory position for the City of Rome’s Cultural Commission.

Earlier this month, Gloria partnered on the opening of Galleria Ca’ d’Oro New York with Baselice, who was born in Naples, Italy. Baselice earned a degree in modern languages for international communication and cooperation in her native Naples. Later she moved to New York where she studied photography and fashion design at Parson’s The New School for Design, which led, in 2008, to a career managing individual artists and curating exhibits. She will be managing the New York gallery space.

To inaugurate Galleria Ca’ d’Oro New York, Porcella and Baselice have chosen to exhibit new paintings by French artist Alain Bonnefoit, who will also be arriving from his studio in Pietrasanta, Italy for a live performance. In his 40 years career, Bonnefoit has experimented with various expressive mediums, including sculpture, mixed painting techniques on canvas, traditional oil painting, lithography, engraving and Sumi-e, deemed for centuries the most prestigious form of East Asian ink-and-brush painting.

Bonnefoit has said about his Sumi-e work, “Before letting myself go, it takes great concentration. Then the line becomes immediately clear, because the paper instantly drinks the ink.”

The exhibit will run through November 8th.

Galleria Ca’ d’Oro New York will represent a diverse range of contemporary artists and art in the primary and secondary markets, will present an annual program of exhibitions and will deliver art advisory services to its client base of fine art collectors.

GRAND OPENING INFORMATION

WHAT:               Grand Opening Event
New Work and Performance from Alain Bonnefoit

HOSTS:              Gloria Porcella and Giada Baselice

WHERE:              Galleria Ca’d’Oro
529 W 20TH ST.
New York, NY 10011

WHEN:               Thursday, October 16, 2014 | 6-8p.m.

RSVP:               Media please RSVP by October 16 to 917.624.7599 or info@ca-doro.com
Hi-resolution images for media can be downloaded here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/98zdtay4jpclz1u/AABouKw1rbwLOPAs3MDkFFuwa?dl=0
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Galleria Ca’ d’Oro was established in Rome, Italy in 1970 by Antonio Porcella, the son of esteemed Italian art critic Amadore Porcella, who wrote for L’Osservatore Romano, the newspaper of Vatican City. Amadore was the grandson of Alpinolo Porcella, a personal friend of notable Italian masters, including Giorgio de Chirico. Today, Galleria Ca’ d’Oro is under the leadership of Antonio’s daughter, gallerist Gloria Porcella, the fourth generation of her family to work with and represent leading contemporary art of the primary and secondary markets. The gallery’s prestigious roster of talent includes Cracking Art Group, Giorgio de Chirico and Camilla Ancilotto. Galleria Ca’d’Oro maintains its Rome location on the historic Via del Babuino, as well as additional locations in Miami and New York. For more information, please visit: www.ca-doro.com.