Dick Johnson submitted the following report on Friday's Monuments Conservancy symposium on the life and work of sculptor and medallist Marcel Jovine. -Editor Four numismatists, four sculptors, three friends, the mayor of Marcel Jovine's home town of Closter, New Jersey, and the American executive (commendatore) of the order of the House of Savoy -- which had awarded Jovine a knighthood -- all extolled the achievements during the lifetime of an artist they knew for his creative coins, medals, bronzes, toys, fashions, and just about every project he undertook.
Each of the speakers had known Jovine in their own way. But a similar thread was observed throughout every speech, the report of a friendly, good natured, highly artistic and very creative individual. Artist Jovine's accomplishments were highlighted; for example, not all his 94 coins and medals, two dozen bronzes or many hundred toys could have been illustrated or all mentioned. They could only be sampled.
Jovine's medallic creations were revealed by Donald Scarinci, Dick Johnson, and Alan Stahl, whose paper was read by George Cuhaj. Both Stahl and Cuhaj were members of the committee in 1983 which chose the 125th Anniversary medal of the American Numismatic Society, created by Jovine and considered the most distinctive medallic work of the 20th century.
Hugo Greco, founder of Greco Industries, spoke both as a friend, a fellow native-born Italian, and as a maker of most of Jovine's medallic work. He spoke without notes of their close relationship and admiration of Jovine's magnificent design abilities, craftsmanship and creativeness.
The day's activities was sponsored by the Samuel Dorsky Foundation, which honors Public Monuments and the artists who create them. It is closely affiliated with the National Sculpture Society, whose executive director, Gwen Pier was one of the presenters. Jovine had served two terms as president of the Society.
Master of ceremonies was Donald Martin Reynolds, founder of the Monuments Conservancy. The Conference was held in the Henry Luce Room of the Time & Life Building in New York City. A biographical book on the life of Jovine by Reynolds is planned, with a catalog of the artist's coins and medals by Dick Johnson.
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