Paolo Gasparini - Photographs London Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Toluca Fine Art, Paris

  • Exhibited

    América Latina 1960-2013, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 19 November 2013 - 6 April 2014; Museo Amparo, Puebla, Mexico, 24 May - 29 September 2014, for another print

  • Literature

    P. Gasparini, Para verte mejor, Americana Latina, Siglo Veintiuno Editores, 1972, p. 117

  • Catalogue Essay

    Paolo Gasparini is recognised as one of the major figures in Latin American photography. He has travelled widely in Cuba and Venezuela, capturing images of cities and their inhabitants. Latin American photography specialist Horacio Fernández praises Gasparini’s ‘special talent for capturing not only vacant lots, homeless people, posters and demonstrations, and graffiti, but also young people, expectant teenagers leaning on cars rendering legible both the city itself and those who seems provisionally to inhabit it.’

  • Artist Biography

    Paolo Gasparini

    Italian-Venezuelan • 1934

    Born in Italy, Paolo Gasparini studied photography in the early 1950s under the influence of Italian Neorealism. He immigrated to Venezuela in 1954 and began working as a professional photographer, contributing to the magazine A, Hombre y Expresión. He has traveled widely in Cuba and Venezuela, capturing images of cities and their inhabitants. Recording the tumultuous history of the continent through urban signs, Gasparini has become a leading figure of Latin American photography. He has exhibited in such prominent institutions as MoMA, New York; Fondation A Stichting, Brussels; and Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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Property from a Private Collection, France


Ciudad Guayana, Venezuela

Gelatin silver print.
16.6 x 24.9 cm (6 1/2 x 9 3/4 in.)
Signed, titled in Spanish, dated, annotated 'vintage' in pencil and copyright credit stamp on the verso.

£3,500 - 4,500 

Sold for £5,000

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London Auction 3 November 2016