Solo Italiano

On 22nd June, 423 works by Italian photographers will be going under the hammer. The auction is divided into six categories: cinema; architecture and design; music and theatre; portraits; contemporary art and landscapes, nature and still life.

The star lots are pieces by Gianfranco Gorgoni. Born in Rome, Gorgoni discovered his love of photography in the 1960s. When he moved to America in 1969, he immediately headed for the coast and toured the United States in an old Pontiac, where he captured a plethora of pictures. Some of his most iconic works are his photographs of Woodstock.

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Roy Fox Lichtenstein, New York City, 1990/2017 Gianfranco Gorgoni, Roy Fox Lichtenstein, New York City, 1990/2017

Following the success of his photos in Europe, he was commissioned for an exhibition focusing on the artistic avant-garde scene in New York, including Andy Warhol's Factory. Many important artists have since then appeared in front of his lens, including Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg and Jean Michel Basquiat.

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Jean Michel Basquiat, 1983/2017 Gianfranco Gorgoni, Jean Michel Basquiat, 1983/2017

Gianfranco Gorgoni, Joseph Beuys in the swamp, 1971/2017 Gianfranco Gorgoni, Joseph Beuys in the swamp, 1971/2017

Robert Rauschenberg, 1975/2005 Gianfranco Gorgoni, Robert Rauschenberg, 1975/2005

It was not only the aesthetic and avant-garde that Gorgoni was interested in. During his career, the photographer travelled to war and areas of crisis, such as Afghanistan, Iraq and Nicaragua. In Chile he documented the military coup in 1973, which led to the overthrow of President Salvador Allende.

Andy Warhol with Stuffed Dog, New York City, 1972/2017 Gianfranco Gorgoni, Andy Warhol with Stuffed Dog, New York City, 1972/2017

Keith Haring, Long Island City, NY, 1985/2017 Gianfranco Gorgoni, Keith Haring, Long Island City, NY, 1985/2017

Design

On 29th June, 250 pieces of design furniture will be up for auction, including pieces by Carlo Bugatti, Pietro Chiesa, Max Ingrand, Angelo Lelli and Gino Sarfatti. Check out the gallery above for our highlights.

In addition to furniture from the first half of the 20th century, an incredible selection of pieces from the 1960s and 1970s will be featured. These pieces illuminate the innovative transformation of design that took place during this period, the notion that furniture should not only be comfortable but also reflect the personality of its owner.

Check out Della Rocca's full catalogue here.

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