Written by Carol Teplin Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
“One of the first images I remember upon coming to America in 1977, was a Botero painting. Being able to present his work has been a once in a lifetime experience and a labor of love,” said David Benrimon when explaining his devotion to world-renowned Fernando Botero’s works of art.
David, who owns the 12-foot, bronze sculpture, Botero’s Donna in Piedi (Standing Woman), executed in 2007, has generously made arrangements to loan her and display her in the Village of Great Neck Plaza at the end of the railroad station building in a paved area near the former PlazaCafé space. It’s his way of giving back to the community. He loves Great Neck and thinks that this gift will be making a major statement that our Village supports the arts. Says Plaza Mayor Jean Celender, “The Standing Woman” looks gorgeous here and is an attraction that will bring people to the Plaza during the holidays, a time when we look to encourage more visitors and foot traffic in our downtown to help our local retailers. What a significant piece of artwork to adorn our village!”
David’s gallery, David Benrimon Fine Art, with locations at 79 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck and 21 East 65th Street in New York City, was founded to advise collectors and investors on today’s dynamic art world. Specializing in Impressionist, Modern and established Contemporary artists, the gallery focuses on the acquisition and sale of original paintings and sculptures by a wide range of distinguished artists. In recent years, David has become a foremost dealer in important oils by Fernando Botero, setting records for the artist two consecutive years at auction and some of the largest Botero paintings ever produced.
Botero has gained international prestige and fame with his sculptural work, featuring his signature corpulent men and women. The idealized rotund figures universalize Botero’s vision of beauty and gracefulness. They portray a rare irony because the rounded stomachs and undefined arms and legs are hardly the first things associated with grace; and yet the sculptures, as seen by the viewer, are striking and elegant. There is something inviting and enchanting about these figures.
This significant sculpture by Fernando Botero has been displayed in a plaza in Milan, Italy, as well as in front of Rockefeller Center in New York City last year. She is now on display at the Great Neck train station, as shown below.
Come see her and be delighted!