Romolo Del Deo show opens on Jay Street this week

Romolo Del Deo, a sculptor who lived and worked in the neighborhood for much of the ’90s and early 2000s, will have his first show in New York City opening this week at the ground floor offices of Gigantic, the television and documentary film production company owned by Tribecan Cheryl Horner McDonough, at 11 Jay. The show is there through Nov. 12. The opening reception is on Oct. 13 from 6 to 8p.

Titled “A Touch of Time,” the show of 30 bronze sculptures is being produced by two former Tribecans, along with Cheryl: Monica Abbatemaggio, who with her sister, Barbara, had the store Sorelle Firenze on Reade for many years; and Marla Mase, a producer, writer and performer.

In fact the show was born from Tribeca connections forged over decades of living and working here. Romolo often shopped for his wife in Monica and Barbara’s shop; Marla, who lived on Duane for 30 years until 2015, also shopped there. Marla and Monica reconnected in 2019 and joined forces to work on private events — Marla as producer and Monica as designer — as a collective called Amore da Matti. And Monica still runs her personal stylist business out of Jersey City.

Monica fell in love with Romolo’s work years ago and has since introduced it to many of her private clients. And so when the opportunity came to have much of his work in one spot, she enlisted Cheryl to provide the temporary gallery. (In this post-covid world Cheryl, who has two Emmys, has been reimagining the space to host artists and events.) Thirty pieces are being flown from Romolo’s home in Provincetown and Italy this week.

Romolo calls his work “beautiful broken icons.” He works out of his studio in Provincetown, where he was raised by his father, also an artist, and his mother, a noted preservationist whose work is reflected in the National Seashore there and in the town of Provincetown. He also runs sculpture workshops at Studio Romolo.

I will update this post with the hours. Stay tuned.



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  1. It is nice to have art on Jay St again. I was a devotee of Monica’s Sorella Firenze. Welcome back.