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Matthew Lauretti

The Danny Kaye Playhouse
695 Park Avenue, (212) 772-4448
Upper West Side
October 31 - October 31, 2009
Reception: Saturday, October 31, 6 - 10 PM
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A solo exhibition of work by the Italian American painter will be on display at The Kaye Playhouse At Hunter College, in conjunction with La Coupe Et Les Lèvres A Transformation Of Puccini’s Edgar.

Matthew Lauretti’s visual interpretations are deceptively child-like, humorous and captivating works, which he creates through detailed ink, acrylic and oil paint, and also in his use of bold, vibrant, colors. His paintings are a kind of electrified impressionism; with a palette of bright hues Lauretti’s captures light and movement with an unusual forcefulness. Manipulating linear and geometric shapes, Lauretti creates imagery that is at once surreal and rooted in an affinity to reality. The artwork on display at Hunter College create a magic realism which invokes a world of color, where vivid characters, swirling spaces, uncontained energy can not be trapped by the limits of the canvas, Lauretti’s images are constantly on the move, living life, dancing before the viewers eyes. Multicolor palettes permeate through Lauretti’s work, where the distinction between abstraction and figurative is blurred, and the real and surreal become one. This display of Lauretti’s vigorous and honest art develops debate on urgent and topical issues such as personal relationships, consumer-culture and love. The energy and vitality of Lauretti and the exploratory nature of his work surely attest to a society where art at last, or once more, may find its central place.

In his art Lauretti’s transforms painterly movements into something tangible, something intriguingly fluid on canvas, upon seeing which viewers can’t help the desire to touch and feel. His acrylic works are intuitive and vibrant, composed of shapes and lines that are free-spiritedly manipulated to form a world of fanciful abstraction, yet his portrayal of humans and objects echo Classicism, while exuding warm, ominous, or eccentric atmosphere. The work is vivid and refreshing, creating an otherworldly atmosphere where nature comes to life on canvas and invites viewers for a walk in Lauretti’s world.

La Coupe Et Les Lèvres, A Transformation Of Puccini’s “Edgar”

Anton Coppola, Conductor Michael Philip Davis, Stage Director Leonard and Carmela Altamura, Producers La Coupe et les lèvres (The Cup and the Lips), a transformation of Giacomo Puccini’s second opera, Edgar, with music adaptation and libretto by Anton Coppola, will be given its world premiere on Saturday, October 31 at 7:30 p.m. in The Danny Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.
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