The Sketchbooks of Alfonso Iannelli

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Building Entrance Pen And Pencil 11 X 8 Inches © Courtesy of the artist and ArchiTech Gallery
The Sketchbooks of Alfonso Iannelli

730 North Franklin St.
Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60654
January 7th, 2011 - April 30th, 2011
Opening: January 7th, 2011 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

River North/Near North Side
Wed-Sat 12-5, or by chance or appointment on Monday or Tuesday


Alfonso Iannelli not only sculpted for Frank Lloyd Wright and other Prairie architects, painted illustrations for Vaudeville acts, designed appliances and World's Fair pavilions,... he doodled.

Like most creative people, Alfonso Iannelli's pencil was forever restless.  Capturing a compelling portrait of a pretty girl; remembering a scene of two lovers embracing before a night's sleep wiped it clean from memory or just meandering on paper while talking over the phone, he drew constantly.

And also like those creative souls, he kept his sketches hidden from view.  They were not for others to see.  They were his secrets.

Iannelli sketched huge factories and grain silos just because he found them beautiful.  He jotted down new graphic ideas after being guided through the Bauhaus.   His sketchbooks acted as the "first draft" of his creative process.

ArchiTech Gallery owns the bulk of his office files from his frenzied early years in Chicago through to the end of his long, long career.  Within those files were countless scraps of paper from tablets, diaries, ledgers and envelopes that held, in graphic form, his memories.

In what's certain to be a unique exhibition and sale, ArchiTech has assembled those random scribbles for a show of those memories that few people have ever seen.

Opening Friday, January 7th and running through Saturday, April 30th, 2011, "The Sketchbooks of Alfonso Iannelli" will display a creative mind for all to see.