November 12, 2011
SUNDAY FROM MY DESK
Today sunny Sunday, indian summer in Milano with a wonderful full moon of new beginnings this week so today is a good day to start a new jewellery book with Vanni Burkhart working with the natural light coming through my office window.
On Thursday evening the Galleria Bookshop of 10 Corso Como hosted a
booksigning for the comical and graphic artist Lorenzo Mattotti, for
each person who asked, he very generously made a special drawing.
What a wonderful gift.
Many fans of his work came to meet with him and see his new book on
Venezia. A work he considers an honest reflection of himself and the
structure of a city he cares deeply about.
It was a very special first day for me to go around the fair with a
photographer I truly admire, Sarah Moon. Sarah is standing here in front
of her new series shown at Paris Photo for the first time exquisite
portraits of flowers.
The African theme resonates with many things in my life. Among them is the wonderful show at Galleria Carla Sozzani in 1991 where we exhibited a series of ritual masques and the new “portrait works” of Kris Ruhs.
Special recognition at Paris Photo was given to Artur Walther who has
been a serious collector of photography for over twenty years. Born in
Germany and now living in New York, his private collection of emerging
African, Chinese and German photographers is breathtaking in its scope
and quality. Here a wall of African heads, looking like sculptures from
his German show: Portraits and Social Identity.
On Wednesday I was in Paris for Paris Photo. A most important annual
exhibition held for the first time at the Grand Palais.Full of events and exhibitions for gallerists and curators from all over the world to
meet and exchange thoughts on photography both vintage and modern as on my wall.
Paris Photo celebrates its 15th anniversary this year with more than100 galleries and publishers joining in. Following its tradition of naming a
special focus, Place of Honour was given to Africa and showcases
photographers from Bamako to Cape Town.All wonderful to look at.