Opens the series, born almost by chance, the skull of Benito Mussolini, an impressive object that is photographed by Antonio Guccione from below on a background of warm colors. In a second moment the likeness is grasped, and the artist likes to decide to move on, because the resemblance is there. The realization of the skull is entrusted to a German company that is based on the real face to guess the characteristics of the skull. Andy Warhol follows with the inevitable hairpiece that looks us straight in the eye, Jackson Pollock and Leonardo da Vinci. The exhibition ends with a portrait of Yves Saint-Laurent, in which the artist deserves his self-praise. In fact around the skull of the stylist dance female black silhouettes cut out on the most beautiful fashion photos of Antonio Guccione.
ANTONIO GUCCIONE “THE BONFIRE OF VANITATES” PROJECT BETWEEN PHOTOGRAPHY AND ART.Antonio Guccione has photographed the most beautiful women in the world, from Carla Bruni to Elle McPherson, the protagonists of his portraits are the icons of culture and entertainment from Alberto Moravia to Giorgio Armani to Richard Gere. But in his photographs the subject becomes an instrument with which the artist reflects his emotions, his mood and his aesthetics.
In 2008 he began the project that is still in continuous evolution and innovation entitled “The Bonfire of Vanitas”, exhibited from 16 January to 16 March at the Salotto of Milan. It is not just photographs but true works of art, intensely pictorial portraits, in which the artist experiments with the application of mixed materials to the subjects represented, in order to create a poetic fairy tale that tells a dream that has been reality. These photographs also have a strong psychological character, their nature and personality, with great attention to detail, and lead the observer to perceive aspects of subjective work, subtended in these “metaphysical scenographies”.