Jean Pigozziat Gagosian Gallery, New York

Celebrating the fun and whimsy of the boisterous celebrities,
12 April – 28 May, 2016

Gagosian Gallery presents photographs by Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi, which also include unpublished works from his personal archive. Through the lens of his Leica Camera, as a teenager, Pigozzi began defining a diaristic style centered on his observations of upper–class life. During his frequent visits in New York, he hanged out with artists and tastemakers, taking photographs in close proximity. His “sophisticated snapshots,” so informal and intimate, were significantly influenced by Robert Frank and Helmut Newton. Captured in scenes of social celebration or voluptuous leisure, appear personalities such as Andy Wharol, Anjelica Huston and Diane Von Fustenberg, and, often, Pigozzi himself, affirming the role of his camera as a tool for his passionate engagement with the world.
The famous “blue pool” at the Pigozzi family’s Villa Dorane not only has seen actors, models, musicians, and photographers since it was built in 1953, but also has hosted glamorous birthday parties and Vogue photoshoots. Color and black-and-white photographs of stars including Bono, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, Naomi Campbell, David Geffen, Jack Nicholson, Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Elle Macpherson, Helmut Newton, and Julian Schnabel are brought to life with dramatic light and playful pool-toy props, celebrating the fun and whimsy of the boisterous celebrities.