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Alfonso Iannelli (1888-1965) w as a throw-back to another age.  A Renaissance artisan lost in the Twentiet h Century\, he operated a successful design studio in the Chicago area and became very famous as a sculptor and industrial designer.  Then\, in a fami liar American pattern\, he was forgotten.

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As a Vaudeville illustrator\, Iannelli was brought to Chicago in 1914 to sculpt for Frank Lloyd Wright.  His "Midway Gardens" concrete Sprites br ought him delight as well as heartache as Wright's name alone was remembere d for the famous project and not the sculpting talent Iannelli had brought to it.

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For fifty years\, Iannelli Stu dios in Park Ridge designed theaters\, churches\, advertisements\, fountain s\, houses and monuments.  His bronze corner panels for the Adler Planetari um and monumental "Rock of Gibraltar" carving for the Prudential building a re well known icons in Chicago.

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He de signed numerous pavilions and exhibits for "A Century of Progress\," the 19 33 World's Fair and countless kitchen gadgets for America's countertops.

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His sculptures\, drawings and stained g lass windows were exhibited in 1925 at the Art Institute.  But after World War II\, his name and face were forgotten by the public and he died with th e products of his invention consigned to basements and storerooms in anothe r man's masterpiece.

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Over the last tw o decades\, ArchiTech Gallery acquired hundreds of his drawings and the bul k of his office archives.  Years of reading those archives and writing this story have produced the definitive monograph of this amazing artist and th e book  Alfonso Iannelli: Modern By Design will be released this Fal l.

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