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April 3, 2019

I'm excited to be showing work at the inaugural Philadelphia Fine Art Fair with Roman Fine Art gallery.  The fair will be held at the 23rd St. Armory from April 5 - 7, with a VIP opening Thursday evening (sold out), and full days on Friday, April 5 (11 a.m.-7 p.m.), Saturday, April 6 (11 a.m.-6 p.m.), and Sunday, April 7 (11 a.m.-5 p.m.).   Of particular interest is the Latin American Masters Pavilion, with works by Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Armando Morales, and Roberto Matta.  Also on exhibit at the fair will be work by Pablo Picasso, Helen Frankenthaler, Gustav Klimt, Salvador Dali, and Jeff Koons.

I will be at the fair on Friday and for the VIP opening.  Let me know if you're going - I would love to see you there! (text me at 917.837.3114).

Philadelphia Fine Art Fair, 23rd Street Armory, 22 S. 23rd St., Philadelphia.  More info at philfineartfair.com.

Shown above: "Firesail", photographed in Connecticut in 2015

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December 6, 2018

I am excited to have work from my Boat Hull series exhibited at SCOPE Miami Beach art fair with Roman Fine Art gallery during Art Basel week - which is now!  SCOPE features 140 international exhibitors from 25 countries and 60 cities, with an expected 60,000 visitors over the six day fair.  Pictured here is one of my pieces from the series being shown at the fair, the image that started my Boat Hull series: "Waterline", photographed in Montauk in 2013.

Going to the fair?  Message me at 917.837.3114.  I'm in Miami and would love to see you there!

Roman Fine Art gallery is at booth D13 at SCOPE Miami Beach, which runs through December 9th daily from 11am to 8pm, and is located on the beach at Ocean Drive and 8th street.  Click on the image below for more information about the fair.

September 10, 2018

New Solo Show - Opening Reception this Saturday, September 1st, 6 – 8pm

Opening today -- Re-Emergent -- a solo show of work from my Boat Hull series at Roman Fine Art gallery in East Hampton.  Primarily more recent images will be on exhibit, including those taken in the last year in Malta, Argentina, and on Long Island.  I will be at the gallery this Saturday, September 1st, from 6 – 8pm for an opening reception - hope to see you there.

Pictured here is an image of particular personal significance, shot on Long Island in the summer of 2017.

Some early press on the exhibit:

Peterson, Oliver.  "5 Must-See Hamptons Art Shows: Labor Day Weekend 2018 - Stephen Wilkes, Michele Dragonetti, Steven Klein, Ellsworth Kelly and more." Dan's Papers.  August 30, 2015.

Rutigliano, Olivia.  "Michele Dragonetti’s "Boat Hull" Series To Return To Roman Fine Art."  Hamptons.com.  August 29, 2018.

Trauring, Michelle.  "Beauty Bobs Below the Surface at...

April 29, 2018

I am excited to have been invited to show my photography at Gallery 543, the gallery space at the Urban Outfitters corporate campus in Philadephia.  The show will include many pieces from my Boat Hull series along with work from two other artists, in an exhibit titled "FOUND | at sea" featuring contemporary art inspired by the ocean.  

The gallery space and headquarters are located on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia in a Navy Yard that was decommissioned in the late 1990s.  After remaining abandoned for almost a decade, beginning in 2004 several of the Navy factory structures were converted into a corporate campus for Urban Outfitters.  The two year process revealed and celebrated the old and practical aspects of the structures, repurposing salvaged cracked concrete slabs to use as walkway pavers, reclaiming structural timbers for staircases, and revealing the beauty of cast iron columns dating back to 1889.  Placed between two of the buildings on the g...

February 4, 2018

Buenos Aires has been a city of firsts for me.  As described in my last blog post, it was the city of the elusive first gear, as I semi-successfully tackled driving stick shift for the first time.  I posted recently how it was the first time I’d ever seen a hull resemble a classic Duchamp work (that’s Nude Descending a Staircase, No. 2, not Étant donnés -- just to be clear).   It was the first time I ever encountered the choripán, a spectacular combination of chorizo, bread, and chimichurri whose deliciousness seems impossible to properly recreate domestically (I've tried -- no luck so far).  Finally, it was also the first time that I had seen a boat repair technique such as on the hull pictured here, with newspaper repurposed to shield the hull’s upper surface.  This was one that caused me to stop and gawk for a moment upon first seeing it -- in surprise, wonder, and glee.  The erratic Day-Glo orange paint perfectly delineates the upper and lower fields and pr...

January 15, 2018

It seemed to make perfect sense at the time. Just take a two hour class to learn how to drive a manual transmission car.  It was August, and I was going away for a long weekend to further expand my boat hull series in Buenos Aires  - a city where renting an automatic transmission vehicle is an apparent impossibility.  Taking that one class just three days before my departure also seemed about right - what could be so difficult?  The two hour class ended up involving only about one hour of actual driving around the side streets of Long Island City; but with only minimal stalling I felt fully prepared to take on the streets of the Argentine capital.

Well.  Driving around a low traffic area with an instructor is very different than solo navigating a busy airport while finessing the shift into first gear without stalling.  Getting onto a highway in stop and go rush hour traffic via an unfortunately uphill on-ramp was a temporarily insurmountable chall...

November 1, 2017

While I'm sorry to see my solo show at Roman Fine Art in East Hampton come to an end, I'm happy that it has been extended for an extra week, now through this Sunday, November 5th.  Pictured above is "Tara", featured in the show. 

Want to know more?  Give this article about the show from The East Hampton Star a read.  Want to see more?  Go to the gallery!  

Roman Fine Art:  66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937.  917.797.8931

September 25, 2017

Save the Date!  Saturday, September 30th, 6 – 8pm

I am excited to announce Under the Surface, a solo show of work from my Boat Hull series at Roman Fine Art gallery in East Hampton.  On exhibit will be images that span the series from its origin years ago in Montauk through my trip last month photographing Argentine hulls around Buenos Aires.   I will be at the gallery this Saturday, September 30th, from 6 –8pm for an informal reception - hope to see you there!  

There will also be an opening reception on Saturday, October 7, from 6 – 8pm during the weekend of the Hamptons Film Festival.   Make it a weekend of both still and moving images!

Under the Surface:  Friday, September 29 – Sunday, October 29th.  Roman Fine Art gallery, 66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY 11937

Pictured above: Island Runner, a passenger ferry photographed outside of Burlington, VT in 2015.

September 15, 2017

Happy that Greenport Harbor Brewing is displaying my work in their Greenport tasting room to coincide with the upcoming Maritime Festival in Greenport the weekend of September 22-24. Come say hi and see me there tomorrow, Saturday September 16th from 6 - 9pm for a great early autumn (late summer?) night in Greenport!

September 3, 2017

I am pleased to announce that I have been chosen as one of the category winners of the 10th annual Julia Margaret Cameron awards.  Named after the British photographer born in 1815 in Calcutta, the awards celebrate women photographers, with recognition of work in various categories. 

Regarded as one of the greatest portraitists in the history of photography, Julia Margaret Cameron began her career in photography at the age of 48 when she was given a camera as a gift by her daughter.  With her unique soft focus style that reflected her recognition of both the artistic and scientific aspects of photography, she photographed many famous figures of the day, including Charles Darwin, Alfred Lord Tennyson, and William Michael Rossetti.  Great-niece Virginia Woolf referenced Cameron’s photographic talent in the introduction she wrote for a printed collection of the her great-aunt’s work in 1926.  I was fortunate enough to see this work and talent at the 2013 exhibition of Cameron’s w...

July 13, 2017

No, I'm not referencing the Keith Richards solo album, or the Chet Faker or Harry Styles songs.  'Cheap' here has more of a positive connotation - as in free - and after all, what's cheaper than free?  Anyway, I'll be talking about my work at two events in the next week, and hope to see you there.

This Saturday I will be at the East Hampton Marine Museum in Amagansett from 3pm - 5pm for an artist talk about the ongoing exhibit (through September 30th) of over 25 images from my Boat Hulls series.  I'm proud to be exhibiting my work at this museum, which is part of the East Hampton Historical Society and which celebrates the importance of the sea to Long Island's East End.  

Recently, artist and author Art Donovan interviewed me about my work, particularly my Boat Hulls series, and we met up at the Marine Museum exhibit to discuss the series in general as well as some images specifically.  It's always a true pleasure to hear that someo...

July 1, 2017

Happy Fourth of July (a bit early)!  Featuring a bit of red, white, and blue in my hulls above.

I'm happy to have a number of events and exhibitions currently underway and in the upcoming weeks and months.  Hope to see you!

Current and Upcoming Exhibits/Events:

Be sure to go to the opening reception tonight, from 7pm - 9pm, for Roman Fine Art's "Art On The Edge" group show, organized in conjunction with the gallery's participaiton in the Art Market Hamptons (aka Market Art + Design) art fair.  The gallery show will feature additional work by the artists that the gallery is showing at the art fair, and will be on exhibit for much of the month of July.  See it!

Market Art + Design art fair.  Roman Fine Art, booth #415.  2368 Montauk Highway, Bridgehampton, NY.  July 6 - 9.

Roman Fine Art.  “Art On The Edge - The New Contemporary.”  66 Park Place, East Hampton, NY.   July 1 - July 23. 

       Opening Reception: Saturday, July 1, 7pm -...

June 25, 2017

By design it looked partly like a floral array and partly like the aftermath of a bloodbath.  It was the large-scale installation by Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, and its blood red dahlias and crimson splatter spilled over the floor of the Metropolitan Museum of Art's rooftop garden in the warmer months of 2013, and I've yet to stop thinking about it in all of its gory glory.

In response to bombings near his home in Pakistan, Qureshi began to incorporate red acrylic paint into his work, in an effort to convey "life and its destruction" in one image. The Met installation was inspired both by the effects of the violence as well as the blossoming of hope in spite of it, and its startling beauty left an impression that remains with me to this day, and which was put into even greater relief while I was at the Met last night.  Four years later, surrounded by stunning new exhibits, and my mind kept reverting to Qureshi.

Click here and scroll down to a brief clip that shows the installati...

June 11, 2017

I'm excited and proud to have been invited to exhibit work from my Boat Hulls series at the East Hampton Town Marine Museum this season.  The exhibit will run from June 17 through September 30 and will feature images taken in and around East Hampton, as well as elsewhere in the Northeast, Portugal, Spain, and England.  

The Marine Museum is dedicated to documenting and preserving East Hampton Town's maritime history and to telling the unique story of Long Island's East End community and its relationship with the sea through artifacts, photographs, models, and displays.  The museum is part of the East Hampton Historical Society (EHHS), the parent organization for a complex of five museums, national landmark historic sites and workshop facilities.  The East Hampton Historical Society serves the residents and visitors of East Hampton by collecting, preserving, presenting and interpreting the material, cultural and economic heritage of the town and its surround...

May 28, 2017

Taking photos of boats in Cuba requires a bit of strategy and even more luck.  As you may have already surmised, boats are a closely guarded resource in a country where defection is at best a much discouraged act.  Nonetheless, I was determined to capture some boat hull images when I went to Cuba earlier this year.  Where better to go than Cojimar, where Ernest Hemingway often docked his 38-foot fishing boat, Pilar, during the twenty years that he lived in Cuba?

Given the logistical issues of renting a car in Cuba, I hired a driver for what ended up being a half day to take me to marinas both just east and west of Havana, and as expected, it was the eastern marina in Cojimar that yielded the most interesting boats with the best textures, and to which we ultimately gained the best access.

First, however, was getting the transportation.  My hotel connected me with Gabriel, a local driver who would take me where I wanted to go.  When we each introduce...

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