Abandon All Hope, Ye Who Enter Here is an exhibition of two complete editions of Salvador Dali illustrated artist books: The Divine Comedy written by Dante Alighieri and The Decameron written by Giovanni Boccaccio. These books, completed in 1960 and 1972 respectively, together contain 110 prints authorized by the artist. A part of the Las Vegas Art Museum collection currently housed in the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum, this exhibition presents these illustrated texts in a dynamic manner. Contained within four display cases, the pages of these books will be turned every Tuesday and Friday throughout the course of the exhibition to reveal a new set of illustrations to the public. This constantly evolving exhibition is an invitation for students, scholars, and faculty to view these surreal works of art and to participate in a conversation about the cultural resonance of Medieval Italian texts.
Curated by Lee Cannarozzo
Lee Cannarozzo Biography:
A native Las Vegan with a professional background in figurative oil painting, Lee Cannarozzo has been working with the UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum since 2015. Earlier this year at the Donna Beam Fine Art Gallery he curated Disconnected: the History of an American Phenomenon, an ambitious exhibition featuring selections from the Neon Museum’s collection of classic Las Vegas
signage. Lee Cannarozzo is completing his senior year in Art History at UNLV. His current practice focuses on conceptual art manifested through installations, land art, and non-traditional mediums.
IMAGE CREDIT: Salvador Dali, Dante’s Inferno Plate 1, 1970, Woodcut print, 10 x 13 in, LVAM Collection at the Barrick, Courtesy of Barry T Bates & Janet S. Dufek.