A collection of mail art postcards by the artist Sabato Fiorello, who lived and worked in West Hollywood for many years and was a beloved fixture on the LA art scene. The cards feature photographs of the artist dressed as different characters, personas or historical figures. He exhibited at ONE Archives Gallery & Museum, among others. Fiorello died in Escondido, CA in 2017.
Cards are numbered and titled on the back i.e. "A Series for 1980 #1,” “The Satin Clown” and include a photo credit, with most photos in the series taken by Joe Messinger. A few of the photos for the last year of the series were taken by Frank Cooper and Steve Arnold. A few cards include personal handwritten notes from Fiorello to the recipient, and cards from the year 1980 are all hand-addressed by the artist.
The year 1980 also bears a "Courtesy of Orlando Gallery" (Sherman Oaks) tagline. The years 1988-1989 are titled "The D'Annunzio Project" likely after General Gabriele D'Annunzio, Prince of Montenevoso, the Italian poet-artist, war hero and quasi-Facist, who bore a strong physical resemblance to Fiorello.
Includes complete sets for the years 1980, 1982, 1984, 1986, and 1988-89, for a total of 56 cards. A rare collection of an amazing project spanning 9 years from a somewhat under-recognized artist. Item #1592.
Condition: Very Good, with the usual postal markings/cancellations and address labels from being mailed; some dogears from mailing; a few cards with soiling or staining such as a coffee ring.