The Australian artist, Vali Meyers, was a legend in her own time. Premiere danseuse of the Melbourne Modern Ballet at seventeen, she left home and spent ten years in Paris, living much of the time on the streets but never ceasing to draw. Ed van der Elskin famously put her on the cover of his Love on the Left Bank, that manifesto of Paris in the 1950's and her work was praised by George Plimpton in his Paris Review. Then, saying good-bye to all that, she spent forty years in semi-seclusion in a wild canyon in Italy, where she continued producing her minute, mystical, and passionate drawings. Tough as nails, she fought the local authorities who wanted to introduce loggers into the valley, after a long struggle succeeding in having it designated an Environmental Oasis. Finally, Vali returned triumphant to her native Melbourne, where she was recognized as an artist sui generis. In this brilliant memoir by her friend and lover, Gianni Menichetti, her art, times, and personality come through unforgettably.
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For thirty years, Gianni Menichetti, the author of this memoir, lived with Vali Meyers in the wild canyon of 'Il Porto' - first as a lover and willing slave, ultimately as a friend, confidant, and protector. In his frank, loving and fascinating book, he gives us Vali and the Valley. Gianni Menichetti is an artist and poet, whose work is represented in numerous private collections in Europe, America, and Australia. He has received three distinguished awards at the international 'Gypsy Friend' Arts Competition, Lanciano, Italy. His books include The Land of Kali, A Tree of Tatters, and Poems to the Gypsies, as well as Il Porto, storia di un canyon selvaggio, (in English and Italian) and Storie di cani (in Italian). He still lives in Il Porto, in the little Moorish pavilion he shared with Vali for so many years.Review:
You saw in her eyes the personalization of something torn and loose and deep down primitive in all of us. --George Plimpton, The Paris Review
Valis dogs, Vali's tress, Vali's donkey, the birds, the flowers, the caves, the spiders of Vali. We have seen for the first time the old skeleton of nature. --Bernardo Bertolucci, film-maker, Last Tango in Paris, Stealing Beauty
Vali Myers ... lived her life without fear. --Julia Inglis, author, The Heavy Dress
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Descrizione libro The Golda Foundation, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Brand New. first edition. 244 pages. 9.10x6.20x1.20 inches. In Stock. Codice libro della libreria __0978560604
Descrizione libro The Golda Foundation, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0978560604
Descrizione libro The Golda Foundation, 2007. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110978560604