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A closer look: 'Imago Mundi' work from BAS

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Artist: Fotinin Galanes // Title: "The Atlantic" // Fondazione Querini Stampalia, Venice, Italy // Through Oct. 27

This drawing by Buffalo Arts Studio member Fotini Galanes, the product of many hours of meticulous work, is on view in a satellite exhibition of the Venice Biennale that includes pieces by three other BAS members and was organized by art collector and fashion impresario Luciano Benetton of the United Colors of Benetton. The Buffalo artists (Galanes, Dennis Barraclough, John A. Sargent III and Hyeyoung Shin) were included in the exhibition and in the recently published catalogue "Imago Mundi: Contemporary Artists from the U.S.A." by a strange stroke of luck.

In September, according to BAS director Cori Wolff, Benetton stopped in Buffalo on a round-the-world yacht trip and was directed to the small Buffalo arts group by an Albright-Knox Art Gallery staffer. He purchased work by BAS member Dennis Bertram and later invited Wolff to select four artists to make new work to be included in fashion company's art collection. The work remains on view in Venice through Oct. 27.

--Colin Dabkowski

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