Naomi Campbell with Mick and Bono (the dogs), 1993. © Jean Pigozzi. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.Shop
Elle Macpherson, 1991. © Jean Pigozzi. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.Shop
Sharon Stone, 1992. © Jean Pigozzi. Courtesy of Gagosian Gallery.Shop
If there was ever a pool you wanted access to – the notorious ‘blue pool’ at the Pigozzi family’s Villa Dorane at Cap d’Antibes would have to be high on the list. Like Slim Aarons’ documentation of the jet set glitterati in the 50s and 60s, it was here that Jean “Johnny” Pigozzi – heir to the Simca car fortune – perfectly captured the boisterous nature and day-to-day excess of the beautiful and famous. Models, photographers, artists, celebrities and socialites among them, it would not be uncommon to see stars such as Elle Macpherson, Naomi Campbell, Robert De Niro and Mick and Bianca Jagger languidly drifting about the pool atop a giant inflatable.
For Pigozzi, these parties extended well beyond mere entertainment, providing the photographic vehicle for his diaristic style of the medium. And thankfully so, as now, by way of Johnny’s Pool, an exhibition of photographs by Jean Pigozzi, we are granted a fly-on-the-wall insight into these opulent affairs with many of the images being shown for the first time from Pigozzi's personal archive.
Johnny’s Pool will be running from April 12 to May 28 at Gagosian Gallery, NY.
WORDS Edwina Hagon
PHOTOGRAPHY © Jean Pigozzi. Courtesy Gagosian Gallery.