The Ciccio&Jacinto Advent Ball - December 1st 2006
We have Godfathers. I mean, ArtSEEN Godfathers. Not in the classical sense, they didn’t give ArtSEEN it’s name, yet in a funny way, they’ve both supported us with their humour and encouragement daily, since we met them, per chance, right at the beginning of the ArtSEEN. Sandra, AJ, and I were having dinner at Poldo's (Ristorante Buca Poldo in Florence,) and the two gentlemen at the table next to us smiled, offered a comment, and thus we started talking! They “adopted” us and our brand new project ArtSEEN, which at that time was still in the works for the Pilot issue. Since then, Ciccio&Jacinto have been ever present – with their smiley faxes that arrive almost daily from whichever country they may be visiting. They’ve seen us grow, they’ve advised us, they’ve given us hope in those times where everything was very difficult, and always made us laugh with their stories. Ciccio&Jacinto are two very private gentlemen, and although we’ve thanked them each issue of ArtSEEN, they’ve refused to allow us to say anything more. Ciccio&Jacinto are collectors, they have a fairly extensive collection of both Modern and Contemporary art, as well as other “objects,” and as much as possible, they prefer to stay out of the “art world.” Their taste is impeccable, they collect artworks and objects not dictated by the fashions of the art world, which is why they prefer to steer clear of gallerists and curators, and have contact with the artists in person. The works featured in their amazing collection are both from well known artists, and artists whose names remain as yet unknown.
Anyway, all this to say that last night I received a fax from them: they love our blog! And they’ve offered to tell us their story, to share in the blog! They proposed to send me or Sandra a fax each morning from December 1st to December 25th, revealing to us their story bit by bit, in an Advent Calendar fashion! We’re all very, very excited about this and accepted the proposal with joy! A friend of theirs will e-mail us photos and images they wish to share as well!
So, starting from tomorrow, December 1st 2006, we will present the “Ciccio& Jacinto Advent Ball!”
We are very grateful to Ciccio&Jacinto for this “gift,” and we’re curious to see what happens!