Saturday, November 19, 2005

Peggy Guggenheim Collection. This photo from the series "The Walls of Venice" by Manfredi Bellati really stood out at the exhibition "Il Diaframma" of Lanfranco Colombo, Masters of Photography (till January 8, 2006), because it was the only unpredictable and abstract photo in the whole exhibition. But, who is Lanfranco Colombo??? He is the man who opened in 1967 Il Diaframma (The Aperture) in Milan, the worlds' first private gallery to focus exclusively on photography. The gallery has shown Italian and International photographers, such as Giovanni Gastel, Mario De Biasi, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Oliviero Toscani who were well-established artists in their own right, while others such as Gabriele Basilico and Giuseppe Pino, made their debut within the exhibition space of Il Diaframma. The images presented in this exhibition range between works of reportage, portraiture, naturalistic photography, fashion and still life. And to conclude, Manfredi says "I would have loved for Peggy Guggenheim to have seen my abstract photographs, she would have been intrigued by them, as she promoted abstract expressionism and launched Jackson Pollock's first solo show in 1943."

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