Published by Sonntag Press, Melbourne, 2021, 32 pages (b/w ill.), 14.8 × 21 cm, EnglishPrice: €12
A Letter to Danila: What You Hoped For Through Your Lifetime pays homage to the life and work of Russian born painter and sculptor, Danila Vassilieff. Vassilieff is credited with exposing Australian modernism to the figurative traditions associated with Russian decorative and folk art, influencing an entire generation of unapologetic young artists including Joy Hester, Arthur Boyd, Charles Blackman, and Sidney Nolan.
Domenico de Clario first encountered Vassilieff’s work as a teenager, when he stumbled across an old catalogue on the shelves of his high school library. Leafing through black and white reproductions of Vassilieff’s inner city neighbourhoods summoned memories and sensations of arriving with his own family from Trieste, Italy.