As the late artist Edward Boccia was a member of the 63rd Engineer Combat Battalion during WW II (known as the Ghost Army) it is with great happiness that we share that President Biden has signed The Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Act into law.
Let’s celebrate this historic moment! Join us online for a live program that will bring together Ghost Army veterans, and will feature congratulatory messages, a video history of the Gold Medal and our seven-year journey to its passage, surprise guests, and much more. Best of all, veterans of the unit will have a chance to talk personally about the meaning of this long-overdue recognition.
The Ghost Army Congressional Gold Medal Celebration, Sunday, February 13 at 2 PM Eastern. Watch here!
The Boccia estate is delighted to share that Saint Louis Art Museum recently acquired a triptych panel painting by Edward E. Boccia entitled Birth of Eros, 1960-61 through a special donation. SLAM is among over forty institutions allover the world that own Boccia’s work.
A key work among the artist’s many large scale panel painting Birth of Eros expresses Boccia’s interest in the metaphysical concept of transcendence within the mode of painting and in the problems of contemporary culture, spiritual conflicts, and religion. The artist’s creation of a personalized vocabulary of metaphor, allegory, and symbol in an admixture of complex stylization was one of certain originality. Boccia clearly saw the role of art as the sublimation of the force of creative art; the making of an earthly object represents moral conflict.