Contemporary African Art Collection / Jean Pigozzi
|Jean Pigozzi ''Johnny's Pool'' at Gagosian NY APRIL 12 - MAY 28, 2016|
Jean Pigozzi, Helmut Newton and Mick Jagger
Villa Dorane, Antibes, France, 1990
1990, archival pigment print, 11 × 14 inches framed (27.9 × 35.6 cm), edition of 30 + 10 APs
"Johnny is one of the world's greatest characters. I don't really know what he does, though, apart from always taking those pictures."
"I'm obsessed with recording things."
Jean Johnny Pigozzi
Gagosian Gallery is pleased to present photographs by Jean Johnny Pigozzi, many of which are being shown for the first time from his personal archive.
Pigozzi picked up a Leica camera as an adolescent and began formulating a diaristic style that revolved around his observations of upperclass life. While attending Harvard University, he made regular sojourns to New York City where he mingled with artists and tastemakers, taking photographs in close proximity. His sophisticated snapshots, significantly influenced by Robert Frank and Helmut Newton, are candid and intimate: friends including Andy Warhol, Anjelica Huston, and Diane von Furstenberg, among others, are captured in scenes of social revelry or voluptuous leisure. Pigozzi often appears in his own photographs, affirming the role of the camera as a tool for his keen engagement with the world.
The famous blue pool at the Pigozzi family's Villa Dorane at Cap d'Antibes has seen actors, models, musicians, and photographers since it was built in 1953. Apart from being the locus of Pigozzi's numerous photographs, glamourous birthday parties and Vogue photoshoots have also been hosted there. Color and black-and-white photographs of celebrities including Bono, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Campbell, David Geffen, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Elle Macpherson, Helmut Newton, and Julian Schnabel are brought to life with dramatic light and playful pool-toy props, celebrating the fun and whimsy of the boisterous glitterati.
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APRIL 12 - MAY 28, 2016
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