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02.09.2010

 

M+B Gallery : Massimo Vitali - holiday to go. New seaside photos by the grand magician of beach photography.

How about a quick trip to Sicily, Turkey or maybe Croatia? Massimo Vitali’s latest works brings us closer to the beach life of the most popular European holiday resorts. Not with spectacular scenes – but in the usual Vitali way – with everyday observations, photographed from a height and at a distance.

Vitali's unique views of the rites and rituals of modern-day leisure have garnered praise since he began photographing in his signature style in 1994. Featuring new work from 2009 and 2010, this exhibition includes eight large-scale colour photographs from Austria, Croatia, Sicily and Turkey.

The exhibition opens September 11, 2010 and runs through October 16, 2010 with an opening reception on Saturday, September 11 from 6 to 8 pm. Concurrent with the exhibition is the release of Vitali's third monograph published by Steidl titled Landscapes with Figures 2.

Vitali's photography style is somewhere between documentary realism and the surreal. His landscapes are casually inhabited by figures such as sunbathers and tourists who often forget about his presence, as he waits for such a moment, finger poised to realise the shutter while perched 20 feet in the air on a platform. Ever interested in the ways in which people interact with their environment and each other, Vitali's images satisfy a sociological desire as well as a voyeuristic longing to observe unawares. On this level his works are happily profitable, as each mural sized work allows for the intimate perusal of hundreds of candid portraits.

Massimo Vitali was born in Como, Italy in 1944. Internationally respected for his acclaimed oeuvre of large-scale works depicting people at play and masses at leisure, he has photographed beach scenes, ski locations as well as tourist destinations. Vitali has exhibited extensively in museums and galleries worldwide and his work is found in some of the most important private and public collections in the world. This will be his third exhibition with M+B. FYI, he also likes to live in Berlin, especially because it is so nice and empty in comparison to other metropolises.


Massimo Vitali
11 Sep - 16 Oct 2010


M+B Gallery
612 North Almont Drive
Los Angeles, California 90069
www.mbart.com

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