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Antonio Guccione presents "Vanitas" between photography, fashion and art for an icon of our time. Author of exhibitions and books dedicated to his works.
Antonio Guccione has photographed the most beautiful women in the world, from Carla Bruni to Elle McPherson, the protagonists of his portraits are the icons of culture and entertainment from Alberto Moravia to Giorgio Armani to Richard Gere. But in his photographs the subject becomes an instrument with which the artist reflects his emotions, his mood and his aesthetics.
In 2008 he began the project that is still in continuous evolution and innovation entitled “The Bonifire of Vanitas”, exhibited from 16 January to 16 March at the Salotto of Milan at number 2 of via della Spiga. It is not just photographs but true works of art, intensely pictorial portraits, in which the artist experiments with the application of mixed materials to the subjects represented, in order to create a poetic fairy tale that tells a dream that has been reality. These photographs also have a strong psychological character, their nature and personality, with great attention to detail, and lead the observer to perceive aspects of subjective work, subtended in these “metaphysical scenographies”.
In “Vanitas” also the skulls are portrayed neopop, a research studied at the table, in a scientific project in representing people of the past, passing from the skull of Mussolini to that of Leonardo Da Vinci, from that of Jesus to Yves Saint Laurent. The skull is a symbol of equality, otherwise how could one explain what Jesus and Yves Saint Laurent had in common? The skull, ironically, brings these illustrious personages back to life.
Opens the series, born almost by chance, the skull of Benito Mussolini, an impressive object that is photographed by Antonio Guccione from below on a background of warm colors. In a second moment the likeness is grasped, and the artist likes to decide to move on, because the resemblance is there. The realization of the skull is entrusted to a German company that is based on the real face to guess the characteristics of the skull. Andy Warhol follows with the inevitable hairpiece that looks us straight in the eye, Jackson Pollock and Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition ends with a portrait of Yves Saint-Laurent, in which the artist deserves his self-praise. In fact around the skull of the stylist dance female black silhouettes cut out on the most beautiful fashion photos of Antonio Guccione.
Antonio Guccione has created images of important advertising and communication campaigns such as Prada, Gucci, Officine Panerai and Yves Saint Laurent. Author of numerous publications including “Absolute Statehood”, “Faces of New York”, “Fashion and Faces”, he is among the most incisive photographers in the world who have interpreted the trends of costume and society with an international language. Collaborator of important magazines, he has also worked in the cinema, while his works are exhibited in the largest museums and art galleries in the world. He has also starred in numerous celebrities including Richard Gere, Dustin Hoffman, Kate Moss, Tyra Banks, Giorgio Armani, Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni and Roberto Bolle.