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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

Francesco Vezzoli
CRYING DIVAS FROM THE SCREENPLAYS OF AN EMBROIDERER II
Estimate
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LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
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IN ITS OWN LIGHT: PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF ED COHEN & VICTORIA SHAW

Francesco Vezzoli
CRYING DIVAS FROM THE SCREENPLAYS OF AN EMBROIDERER II
Estimate
200,000300,000
LOT SOLD. 150,000 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York

Francesco Vezzoli
B.1971
CRYING DIVAS FROM THE SCREENPLAYS OF AN EMBROIDERER II
30 black and white laser prints on canvas with metallic embroidery, in artist's chosen frames
Each Framed: 13 by 17 in. 33 by 43.2 cm.
Overall: 39 by 194 7/8 in. 99.1 by 494.9 cm.
Executed in 1999. 
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Provenance

Anthony d'Offay Gallery, London
Acquired from the above by the present owner in May 2000

Exhibited

Porto, Museu Serralves – Museu de Arte Contemporânea, Francesco Vezzoli, January - April 2005 (another example exhibited)
Los Angeles, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cinema Vezzoli, April - August 2014

Literature

Perrella, Cristiana, Ed., Francesco Vezzoli, New York 2016, p. 336, illustrated in color
Exh. Cat., Rome, MAXXI - Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo, Galleria Vezzoli, 2013, p. 19, text

Catalogue Note

The present work showcases Francesco Vezzoli's fascination with cinema and his love of embroidery, a solitary and obsessive technique. In Crying Divas from the Screenplays of an Embroiderer II, Vezzoli makes reference to Italian filmmaker Luchino Visconti, an influential figure in his oeuvre, displaying thirty teary-eyed portraits of female actors from the director’s notable films Senso (1954) and Death in Venice (1971). Through these portraits of divas cast in the limelight, the artist reveals his penchant for glamour, nostalgia and life’s intrinsic sorrow, present regardless of wealth or fame.

"As a non-diva, I’m not necessarily against it. I’m just saying that the entire system of diva and mystery, it’s about change. We have to see if all this common and public knowledge we have of other people's lives will change our sexual desires, our emotional desires, and our compulsion to follow and be curious about someone else’s life." - Francesco Vezzoli

Contemporary Curated featuring works from “In Its Own Light: Property from the Collection of Ed Cohen and Victoria Shaw”

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New York