Item #366122 Typed Letter, signed (“Mike”), to Helen Bishop, about plans for a sculpture of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot. Samuel Beckett, Michael De Lisio.
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Becket & Giacometti as Lucky and Ponzo

Typed Letter, signed (“Mike”), to Helen Bishop, about plans for a sculpture of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

New York: 7 January 1989.

Price: $100.00


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One page, typed. 8vo. Becket & Giacometti as Lucky and Ponzo. Old folds. Fine.

Item #366122

Sculptor Michael De Lisio (1911-2003) writes to actress and writer Helen Bishop (1931-2015) about his ideas for a sculpture of Waiting for Godot with Beckett and Giacometti as Lucky and Ponzo. De Lisio was a keen devotee of Beckett (Helen’s husband Tom Bishop was a friend of the playwright).
“I am certain that Beckett will weather the popular cultural icon aura he seems to be acquiring. For my 1969 show at the Hanover Gallery, London, I supplied self-quotes for the nine bronzes on exhibition. Robert Louis Stevenson’s was ws ‘There must be somethign wrong in me, or I would not be so popular.”

De Lisio also had solo exhibitions at the Nova Scotia College of Art in Halifax (1969); the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (1971); the Addison Gallery of American Art in Andover, Mass. (1973); and the Smith College Museum of Art in Northampton, Mass. (1974 and 1980).
He had New York gallery shows at Brooke Alexander in 1978 and Zabriskie in 1986 and a retrospective at Boston College in 1998. His works are held in the collections of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, the Addison Gallery, Boston College and the Smith College Museum of Art.