Massimo Vitali - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2011 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Private Collection, Europe

  • Literature

    Massimo Vitali: Natural Habitats, Göttingen: Steidl, 2010, pp. 78-79

  • Catalogue Essay

    Massimo Vitali’s immediately recognisable socio-landscapes of his home country are born of a fascination with people and expressed in a style that he describes as being an Italian approach to a particularly Italian form of chaos, documenting simply what is there without desire or attempt to impose order. Capturing groups in vast public spaces, he exposes human behaviour at its most primitive – not only with regard to those captured on film, but in the response inevitably provoked in the viewer. As the characteristic lightness of the print attracts the eye the oversized format holds our gaze so that, invited to view the scene at close proximity, we inspect the subjects as though they were specimens in a museum.


Palermo, Mondello Triptych (#2788-87-86)

Three digital colour coupler prints, each Diasec mounted.
Each image: 149 x 188 cm (58 5/8 x 74 in); overall: 180 x 660 cm (70 7/8 x 259 7/8 in).
Signed, titled, dated and numbered in ink on an artist's label accompanying the work. One from an edition of 6 plus 2 artist's proofs.

£40,000 - 60,000 

Sold for £55,250


3 November 2011