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Lot 61

Franco Fontana (Italy)

Swimming Pool, 1981

Cibachrome print, printed circa early 1980s
7 3/8 x 11 inches (18 x 28 cm), signed with pen on front

Courtesy of the artist

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Artist Bio

Born in 1933 in Modena, Italy, Franco Fontana began working as an amateur photographer in 1961. His first personal exhibitions took place in 1963 in Vienna, in 1965 in Turin and in 1968 in Modena. Since then he has participated in more than 400 exhibitions collective and personal and his work is in approximately 60 museum collections all over the world. He has signed numerous advertising campaigns for different brands as Fiat, Volkswagen, Ferrovie dello Stato (National Italian Railways), Snam, Sony, Volvo, Versace, Canon, Kodak, Robe di Kappa, Swissair. He works with magazines as Time, Life, Vogue (USA and France), Venerdì di Repubblica, Panorama, and with the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and New York Times newspapers. He is considered the inventor of the photographic concept of line.

His works have been published in more than 40 books in various editions and languages and are displayed in many private and public collections all over the world. His first book Skyline was published in 1978 in France by Contrejour, and in Italy by Punto e Virgola with a text of Helmut Gernsheim. His work is found in many collections, including MoMA, New York; Museum of Fine Arts, San Francisco; Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Metropolitan Museum, Tokyo; National Gallery, Beijing; Australian National Gallery, Melbourne; GAM, Turin.
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