Bremen's Town Musicians through the eyes of James Rizzi
James Rizzi, his body of work and the world he inhabits were colourful, vibrant and full of humour. For decades this New York artist has dazzled collectors and fans around the world with creations of a refreshingly positive character. To celebrate the artist's 60th birthday, an exhibition of more than 1,200 of Rizzi's works was held in Bremen from 21 May to 11 July 2010.
James Rizzi himself found Bremen captivating and delightful and had lent his enthusiasm to the project by producing his own artistic interpretation of the Bremen Town Musicians.
On his personal journey from street painter to celebrated star of the art world, James Rizzi developed an unmistakeable joyful style through continuously trying out ingenious new methods, such as the combination of painting and sculpture to produce the 3D creations that launched his meteoric career. Whether he was designing an aircraft or a postage stamp, James Rizzi remained true to his own artistic vision but is always likely to surprise. In addition to paintings and drawings, the exhibition included many Rizzi highlights: a large model of his Boeing 757, one of his painted VW Beetles, his four-part graduation piece, never-before-seen album covers, films and extensive biographical material.
James Rizzi died in December 2011 in New York.