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  • Provenance

    Anthony d’Offay, London; Giò Marconi, Milan

  • Catalogue Essay

    Francesco Vezzoli is fascinated by the role of cultural icons in the popular psyche, of the workings of fame, power and talent, and the apparent attraction of that mix. With his embroideries, the Milan-based artist Francesco Vezzoli takes one of the most unexpected of domestic activities and deals with stars and divas from the fields of film, advertising, fashion and television. Using needlework over appropriated photographs of starlets, Vezzoli addresses the glamour in which his models are shrouded, as well as the transitory nature of fame and its related solitude. The masterfully embroidered portraits combine two diametrically opposed worlds: a private, domestic craft and the ultra-glamorous aura of the stars. A technique associated with a bygone age brings together nostalgic memory and a distanced, removed stance of celebrity identity are brought together in a critical, reciprocal relationship.

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Four Fabulous Faces: Joan and Gloria

2001
Nine framed black and white laser prints on canvas with metallic embroidery
Each piece 13 7/8 x 13 7/8 in. (35.5 x 35.5 cm.); Overall 58 7/8 x 58 78 in. (149.5 x 149.5 cm).
This work is unique and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

Estimate
$80,000 - 120,000 

Sold for $108,000

Contemporary Art Part I

16 Nov 2006, 7pm
New York