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Aldo Tambellini

 (born 1930)
Aldo Tambellini is active/lives in New York.  Aldo Tambellini is known for painting, sculpture.

Aldo Tambellini

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Aldo Tambellini, painter, sculptor, photographer, video artist, film-maker and poet was born in Syracuse, New York in 1930.  Father from Sao Paolo, Brazil - Mother from Italy.  He was taken to Lucca (Tuscany) Italy at the age of 18 months.  He was enrolled in the Art Institute in Lucca at the age of 10.   At 14, his neighborhood was bombed during WWII; many of his friends and neighbors died and he miraculously survived.  He returned to the United States in '46.  Awarded a full Art Scholarship at Syracuse University, BFA in Painting, '54 and a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, MFA in Sculpture, '58.

In '59, Aldo moved to N.Y.'s Lower East Side.  He founded the underground, "counter-culture" group, "Group Center," which organized public art events and non-traditional alternative ways to present artists' work to the community, and other activities to raise the political and artistic consciousness of the public.  In '64 Group Center held probably the first Loft Show in what is now SOHO in NYC.  

Aldo pioneered in the video art movement in the 60's.  In '65, he began painting directly on film beginning his Black Film Series of which, Black TV, won the International Grand Prix, Oberhausen Film Festival, '69 - now in the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art.  Simultaneously, Aldo began a series of Electromedia PerformancesBlack, a work in progress, organically brought together, projected paintings, film, video, poetry, light, dance, sound and improvisational musicians, culminating with Black Zero at the Brooklyn Academy of Music in "Intermedia '68."  In '66, he co-founded the Gate Theatre in the Lower East Side, showing avant-garde and independent films daily and in '67, he co-founded with Otto Piene, the Black Gate, the 1stspace in NYC for live multi-media (Electromedia) performances and installations.  Aldo and Otto Piene created at WDR, Cologne, Germany, the 1st international television broadcast by artists, Black Gate Cologne, in '68.

He participated in the following pioneering exhibitions:
"Some More Beginnings- Experiments in Art and Technology" Brooklyn Museum in collaboration with Museum of Modern Art, 1968 - 1st museum show of arts and technology.

"Television as a Creative Media," Howard Wise Gallery, N.Y., N.Y., 1969 - 1st comprehensive show about TV in a gallery.

"The Medium is the Medium," WGBH, Boston, MA. - 1st U.S. broadcast by artists, 1969.

"Vision and Television," Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA. 1970 - 1st major museum video exhibition.

"A Special Video Show," Whitney Museum, N.Y., N.Y. 1971-1st video show at the Whitney.

"First National Videotape Festival," Minneapolis Art Institute in collaboration with Walker Art Center"

Minneapolis, MN., '72.

"Circuit: A Video Invitational," Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, N.Y., '72 - 1st exhibition of video artists traveling to museums and galleries.
From 1976 to 1984, Aldo was a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Visual Studies at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  While at CAVS, he collaborated in many projects and participated in the International "Sky Art Conferences" and the Sao Paolo Biennale '83, remaining in Brazil almost a year.  He was the exchange artist to Paris for the interactive media project, "Interface," Paris American Center for Artists and CAVS MIT, '81.  With the concept of "communicationsphere" he organized a series of international, interactive, communication projects leading to the wave of social networking, in some way a precursor of the internet.  

As a poet, he is widely published - performing in countless public readings.  He produced an anti-war digital film with his poetry, LISTEN in 2005.   This film won First Place in the "Short Experimental Film by an Independent Filmmaker" at the New England Film Festival in '05 and at the Syracuse International Film Festival in '06.   In '07, Aldo was awarded the "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Syracuse University at the '07 Syracuse International Film Festival.  The same year he received the Keys to the City of Cambridge from Mayor Ken Reeves in recognition of his contribution to the cultural environment of the City.

Aldo Tambellini "Photography ('48) and Video Work (Atlantic in Brooklyn)" One Man Show at the Everson Museum Syracuse, N.Y., '75.  Film Retrospective at the Lumen Film Festival in Leeds, U.K., '07.  Retrospective of Film and Video at the Syracuse International Film Festival, '07. Film and Video Retrospective at the Lucca International Film and Video Festival, Lucca, Italy, '07 and an environment with film, video, art, photography supportive ephemera at the A. Passaglia Art Institute, Lucca, Italy. Two evening Film and Video Retrospective, Anthology Film Archive, N.Y., '08.

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About  Aldo Tambellini

Born:  1930 - Syracuse, New York
Known for:  painting, sculpture