The Edward E. Boccia and Madeleine J. Boccia Trust, St. Louis, Missouri is pleased to announce the continued progress of our primary project, a long overdue treatment of the artist’s work in the form of a critical monograph, expected publication date 2016/2017. Led by art historian Rosa JH Berland, acting managing editor and lead author, this in depth study will offer an analysis of the painter’s work in the context of the definitions of American modernism in the mid century as well as Washington University and its uniquely creative community. Building on recent scholarly reexaminations of the critical viewpoint that abstraction was the prominent or most important force of artistic invention, the book will explore the meaning of American figural painting and invention in Boccia’s oeuvre.
Our highly qualified research team includes Edward Boccia’s daughter and heir Dr. Alice Boccia, Conservator, Scripps College, with special consultation with Dr. Petruta Lipman, Director of Museums and Galleries, Saint Louis University, and assistance from Annika E. Fisher, Line Editor; C.C. Marsh, Lead Research Assistant, All Research Areas, PHD Candidate, University of Texas; Emily May McEwan-Upright, American Art Research Assistant, MA, San Jose State University, and Wendy Timmons, Undergraduate Intern, German Exile Culture and Expressionist Research, Montclair University, BA German Studies Candidate. Funding and Sponsorship is Currently Provided by Private Donors, St. Louis, 2013-2015.