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Practice : Fall 2008
fusco & four brings Modernism and More To boston By Jeane Schinto ©Maine Antique Digest 2008 Disbelief is one word that could describe the initial reaction of dealers and showgoers to the success of the all-new Boston underta king by Fusco & Four/ Venture s that premiered on the first weekend in April. Delight is a nother. “ They pulled it off,” said one participating dealer at the gala preview of AD 20/21 on Thursday evening, April 3. “ They filled the place, a nd it’s hopping.” They are Tony Fusco and Robert Four, who have promoted the arts in Boston for 30 years. The place is the magnificent Cyclorama building in the city’s S outh End, where the same duo rolls out its a nnua l Boston Internation al Fine Art Show every November. AD 20/21 is another hybrid. Its subtitle, A rt & Design of the 20th & 21st Centuries , c umber- some though it is, exactly describes the show. Anything made from 1900 onward is ga me. No strangers to modern design, Fusco and Four are art dealers who specialize in American and European works from 1920 to 1980. Fu sco is founder of the Art Deco Society of Boston and served as facilitator for the Internation al Coalition of Art Deco Societies for se ven years. He is a lso the author, most recently, of Collecting Art Deco (2004). It, however, would be a mistake to pigeonhole this ne w venture in terms of style. “ The idea was not to restrict it to a ny period. What we do want to say is that this is simply about good de sign and fine a rt. People are a sking themselves every day, ‘What is there to discover next?’ Our hope is that people will make discoveries here.” The gala was a benefit for a well-chosen entity-the Boston Architectural College (BAC). It is New England’s largest inde- pendent accredited college of spatia l design, offering progra ms in architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, a nd design studies. The c ombination of all those disciplines attracted a very knowledgeable crowd . Maurice N. Finegold of Boston’s Finegold Alexander + Associate s, who created the plans feaTURe ] MoDeRnisT RelaTionshiPs by Design left to right: George Nakashima (1904–1990), set of Conoid chairs, 1987. Courtesy of Geoffrey Diner Gallery (DC); Ted Landsmark; Liberty & Co of London, ma ntel clock, design by Arc hibald Knox (1905). Courtesy of Titus Omega (UK); Dennis Duffy, Geena Chair. Courtesy of Dennis Duffy/D SCALE (M A). PRaCTiCe 60