Jim Kempner Fine Art is pleased to announce an exhibition of Gianfranco
Gorgoni’s large-scale color and black & white portraits of icons of
the art world, including Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Richard Serra,
Jean Michel Basquiat, Bruce Nauman, Jimi Hendrix and Truman Capote.
Several of the images are featured in his book, Beyond the Canvas:
Artists of the Seventies and Eighties, Photographs by Gianfranco
Gorgoni, published by Rizzoli in 1985. There will be an opening
reception for the artist on Thursday evening, November 8 from 6-8 pm.
Gianfranco Gorgoni came to the United States from Italy in 1968
with the idea of producing a photographic essay on New York artists and
returning home in a few months. Instead, he became so involved with his
project that he remained in New York, pursuing his photojournalism
assignments and photographing artists whenever he had the opportunity.
A chance encounter with Robert Rauschenberg in 1969 led to an
introduction to Leo Castelli, his stable of artists, and to his first
of four solo exhibitions at the Leo Castelli gallery from 1972 until
Gorgoni’s photography career is interwoven with the history of Pop Art,
Neo-Expressionism, and Minimalism in addition to performance,
conceptual, and land art. His work is singularly significant because of
his presence at and documentation of numerous projects and
installations, including Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty and Michael
Heizer’s giant desert “drawings.” His work is celebrated for his
specialized depictions of the artist within his environment, actively
engaged in the creative process and for his sensitive portrayals of his
Gianfranco Gorgoni’s photographs have been reproduced in Artforum, Art
in America, Time, Newsweek, Esquire and the New York Times Magazine.
Solo exhibitions of his work include those at Ace Gallery, New York,
Akira Ikeda Gallery,Tokyo, the Venice Biennale (1993) and the San
Francisco Museum of Art. His work is represented in the collections of
the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, the J. Paul Getty Museum of Art,
Los Angeles, and numerous other public and private collections.