Angelo Ippolito’s Regatta Series
Angelo Ippolito, U.S.
Regatta Series (1984-1989): Oil on linen canvas
Regatta No. 1 pictured above
Donated By: John Ippolito, 1986
Each painting in the Regatta Series that Roberson possesses is at least 9 feet in length; No. 1 (pictured above), 2 and 5 and are the largest in the series.
The paintings consist of scattered, abstract shapes and lines in plums and reds, cream, white and black. All three paintings experiment with balance, form, and direction. The abstract objects in the paintings could be recognizable as pennants, sails, and other nautical motifs.
Angelo Ippolito (1922-2001) produced a body of oils on canvas and works on paper renowned for their lyrical color, light, and compositional rigor. Emigrating from Italy at age nine, Ippolito helped usher in the downtown New York arts scene by co-founding the influential Tanager gallery in 1952, earning him the moniker “Mr. Tenth Street.” His paintings gained acclaim and are featured in the collections of New York’s MoMA, Whitney, and Metropolitan museums.
Did you know? The other major museum that possesses paintings from the Regatta series is the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.