The following are commentaries on Harvey Fite’s solo show at the Galleria dell’Obelisco in Rome from Attilio Selva and Andrea Spadini, two of Italy’s foremost 20th-century sculptors:
“From the sculptures of Harvey Fite which I have seen, all have given me the impression that the sculptor has not only avoided facile and exterior effects, but he shows a method of work which should be unconditionally appreciated. Throughout the works which he has executed there runs a sure and ductile energy under an obviously symbolic appearance, there breaks through a moving inspiration in spite of the exuberant strength of some of his lines, which softens the form and faultlessly completes it.”
“The exceptionalness of his experiences, the will behind the works, the almost primitive attitude he has when confronted with stone, the most varied qualities of stone, from Belgian black to river boulders, reveal a laborious process of synthesis of exterior reality. Thus the images are shown us in their remote aspect as ‘creations’ almost unique for the strange magic running through them as if they were part of a fabulous world returned to its original purity, and it is thus that Harvey Fite faces the work of a patient and ancient stone cutter, which more than any other gives the feeling of an artist’s inmost frank confession.”
Harvey would go on to also be awarded a one-man show at the Galerie Raymond Creuze in Paris the following year.
Pictured: Harvey Fite, The New York Times, International Edition, 1950