This Story is Lots of #Bull!

I was tasked to find Bob Sholar 40 years after my father, Coop, Diego Voci Historian, had visited him in Lorton, VA. I had my father’s hand scribbled 1974 notes on yellow pad indicating Sholar owned 30 Diego paintings!

Yellow Pad SHOLAR Scribbles 1974

I found him in August 2014 in central #Florida. Bob and Gretchen Sholar, 4 decades later still have their halls filled with Diegos, their master bedroom is covered with Diegos, as is their bathroom. Antonio DIEGO Voci was and is a part of their life.

Bob reminisced with me about his memorable “Bull Story” when in 1973 Diego was a guest in his Lorton,VA home:

“My office was on the downstairs level. While visiting and sitting in the office, Diego said, “Bob, I want to draw.” Diego sat on the floor, pulled out his paper, and began to sketch. Diego grabbed whatever tools were available while I watched in amazement as Diego created one after the other. Each one took maybe 15-20 minutes a piece; so within two hours there were 6 or 7 artworks. Diego asked me if I wanted him to draw anything in particular, to which I told Diego I had this farm in Kentucky where I raised Angus Cattle. I want you to draw me a bull.”

“The next thing I know,  the  BULL was there.”

Diego Pictures 027 - Copy (2) - Copy

While there, Diego offered to appraise Bob’s art, not just his DIEGO’s. Bob will be sending us here at the Diego Voci Project – that document when he locates it. Bob also has a photo of himself with  Diego – and Bob is determined to find it  for us as well.

Diego took off from VA to the West Coast – Bob recalls Diego had a show in Broadmoor #Colorado lined up with a collector he knew from Germany: Dr. Ogden Brown, curated by Marsha Largent (http://www.artifactcollectors.com/diego-history-4330818/Page3.html#90 )

When Diego traveled back to the East Coast, he stopped again to visit with Bob Sholar. When he arrived, one of the first things Bob remembers Diego saying, was

America is a big country…so much open space …not so many people.

Kami Cooprider, Research Assistant – www.diegovociproject.com

AC DV History #199 4/30/2015

NOT ALL NUDES ARE BEAUTIFUL… OR ARE THEY?

Matisse and DIEGO in one IMAGE for Social Media Aug.2.2014

Henri #Matisse and #DiegoVoci were fascinated with the female body, as many master artists were. The #Odalisque in Red Pants Matisse nude, on left valued at $3 million had been stolen, FBI recovered. #Donna Seduta #nude on right was done by #Diego in 1971, oil on wood accented by strokes of Diego’s palette knife scarring the paint. Diego felt all female bodies are beautiful.   (See #Euronews video: http://www.euronews.com/2014/07/09/venezuela-recovers-stolen-matisse-painting/ )

Coop #Cooprider, Diego Historian, wrote in “The Beauty of Diego”*:

 “Every person has their own perception of beauty. In 1974 Diego described with
heavy Italian accent, the beauty he sees in the female:

“A man look at woman, this is cerebral feeling. When I like fat woman, I build Venus that way. I like skinny woman, I build Venus that way.”

Diego was smitten by the beauty of all females.”

                      *Preview book: http://www.blurb.com/b/5419805-the-beauty-of-diego

BELIEVE IT OR NOT  . . . SOME CRITICS CHOSE THE #FAKE“MATISSE”

            ABOVE is NOT the real $3 million dollar Matisse!     THIS IS:

Odalisque a la culotte rouge - 1925

Odalisque a la culotte rouge, Henri Matisse 1925

The next question to consider is how does one price beauty when not a Matisse? One zero less than $3 million dollars? Two zero’s less? Three zeros? Good art is priceless.

To see more Diego nudes:           http://www.pinterest.com/diegovoci/nudes-gallery/

More on Antonio Diego Voci:     http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antonio_Diego_Voci

Coop Cooprider, Diego Historian: diegovociproject@gmail.com