Preliminary design for memorial to George Rogers Clark (detail). Jameson is considered today the foremost scholar on Iannelli. Learn about the artist and find an in-depth biography, exhibitions, original artworks, the latest news, and sold auction prices. Auction Records (13) For Sale (0) Signatures (0) Biography. Ianelli came to the U.S. as a child. He visited New York City frequently, though, and sketched set back skyscrapers and liked the futuristic drawings of Hugh Ferris. Belated or not, the careful archiving of the materials, as manifested by the book and exhibit, assure Iannelli’s legacy, thanks to Jameson’s passionate dedication. Title: Female Figure with Upraised Arms and Diamond Shapes (for Midway Gardens, Chicago) Artist: Alfonso Iannelli (American, Andretta, Italy 1888–1965 Chicago) Date: 1914 Medium: Graphite Dimensions: Sheet: 20 x 11 1/4 in. Overview . Wright would never have credited anyone else. An associate of mine where I work was cleaning out our storage rooms when he came across the stylish artwork you see here. Alfonso Iannelli "SPRITE" ARCHITECTURAL FRAGMENT FROM MIDWAY GARDENS, CHICAGO, ILLINOIS. The head of the figure displays minor edge losses scattered throughout. DJ: Iannelli was unusual as an architectural sculptor in that he also “co-designed” buildings with a few important architects who normally didn’t collaborate with anyone else in the design process. Filter by auction house, media and more. Based in Chicago for most of his life, Iannelli was born in Andretta, Italy on February 17, 1888. 15 Must-Read Articles to Get You Into the 2021 Mindset. We revisit a conversation with Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson about this artistic power couple, and a show of their work at the Chicago Cultural Center. Paul Clemence:  What initially attracted you to Iannelli’s work? The exhibit Alfonso Iannelli and Studios is curated and organized by David Jameson, director and owner of Architech Gallery, among the few commercial galleries that focus on architectural and design drawings. PC: He was working at a time when some major new landmark buildings going up in New York City. One of the letters he wrote mentioned the Brill Building on Broadway, so I imagined he thought the bronze relief sculpture was “swell.”. Alfonso Iannelli (February 17, 1888-March 23, 1965) was an Italian-American sculptor, artist, and industrial designer. "The Fountain of the Pioneers", 1939-2018 Iannelli could design anything. Alfonso Iannelli, Sr. was an esteemed industrial designer, graphic designer, and sculptor. Golconde: The First Modernist Building in India, The Sordid Saga of Eileen Gray's Iconic E-1027 House. How did he go about these collaborations? Many in West Michigan have heard about a sculpture in Kalamazoo, Mich., that has become the target of politically correct wrath. The “Fountain of the Pioneers,” a work by artist Alfonso Iannelli, depicts a towering pioneer with a club in his hand standing over a Native American depicted in a kneeling position. The restoration of the memorial is estimated to cost approximately $100,000. . Browse upcoming auctions and create alerts for artworks you are interested in. Description: Artist: ALFONSO IANNELLI (1888-1965) Size: 29 1/2 x 39 1/2 in./75 x 100.2 cm With obvious influences from the Secessionist movement, this silkscreen poster in metallic gold and rich red promotes a performance by the vaudevillian song-and-dance duo George A. Whiting and his eventual-wife Sadie Burt. He came to America in 1898. PC:  How did he get into doing designs for Sunbeam? How was that creative process? Resources. 13 askART auction records for the artist: Alfonso Iannelli. Presentation on Bruce Goff self taught innovator and architect, who worked with Iannelli in Park Ridge in 1934 presented, by Sidney Robinson Professor Emeritus U of I at Chicago. Alfonso IANNELLI (1888-1965) is an artist born in 1888 The oldest auction result ever registered on the website for an artwork by this artist is a drawing-watercolor sold in 1995, at Leslie Hindman Inc., and the most recent auction result is a painting sold in 2020. Because the Iannelli Studios were well known by manufacturing corporations, he worked off and on, beginning in 1935, with the Flexible Shaft Company; they re-named the company Sunbeam in 1946, presumably after the success of the Coffeemaster, designed by Iannelli in 1938. He is the head and hands behind some of the city's great architectural sculpture: from the well-known Prudential Rock to the less-familiar Midway Gardens by Wright. Seven studies for sculpture, drawn in pencil, circa 1920s by Frank Lloyd Wright (associate) Alfonso Iannelli (1886-1965). This work is partial element of a full figure sculpture that was designed by Iannelli for the Midway Gardens. Chicago, Illinois. Upcoming Auctions (0) Based in Chicago for most of his life, Iannelli was born in Andretta, Italy on 17 February 17 1888. More on Iannelli from wikipedia: "Alfonso Iannelli was an Italian-American sculptor, artist, and industrial designer. Alfonso Iannelli is known for Sculptor-art deco figure, architect. Iannelli did. Streamline Moderne, Prairie School. Please help preserve an Alfonso Iannelli Sculpture. A Bakelite ad featuring an Iannelli-designed iron handle. We revisit a conversation with Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson about this artistic power couple, and a show of their work at the Chicago Cultural Center. PC: Iannelli went on to work and develop other fruitful architectural collaborations. He came to America in 1898. The Artist. Original drawings from some of America's most important architechts and industrial designers are available for purchase. Scott had this sculpture reproduced from an original Sprite. The original Sprite from which it was cast was designed by Alfonso Iannelli for the Midway Gardens designed by Frank L. Wright. A sculpture and interior design by Iannelli Studios (left); an unidentified woman, the Iannellis’ son Fons, and Margaret Iannelli pose with the sculpture before it was installed (center); the piece on display during a retrospective exhibition of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli at the Chicago Cultural Center in 2013 (right). Chicago cultural historian Tim Samuelson joins us to talk about this artistic power couple, and a new show of their work at the Chicago Cultural Center. A new exhibit in Chicago celebrates the work of an often overlooked but important name in American design history—the Italian born, Chicago artist and designer Alfonso Iannelli. David Jameson: I was the archivist for the Iannelli materials at Kelmscott Gallery and I thought the story told in those files was very compelling. Shortly after he opened the gallery, he purchased the bulk of the existing Iannelli archives. It was from this collection and his book Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design (Top-Five-Books, 2013) that he developed the new exhibit. This was probably also meant to be a “convergence” of assembly line appliances with architecture. After Midway gardens was completed, Wright never acknowledged Iannelli’s authorship of the sculptures, causing a riff between the two. (50.8 x 28.6 cm) Classification: Drawings Credit Line: Gift of Scott Elliott, in memory of Alec Sutherland, 1984 Accession Number: 1984.1147.3 Recently I caught up with Jameson to learn more about this remarkable designer and artist. Did he do any work in New York? : alfonso Iannelli ( 1888 - 1965 ) was an Italian-American sculptor artist... 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