Sagamore Diptich, 2002
Colour coupler print, Diasec mounted. Each 86 ½ x 71 in. (219.7 x 180.3 cm). Signed, titled, dated and numbered 5/6 in ink on artist's label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.
Provenance: Brancolini Grimaldi, Rome
"During the 2nd Annual Art Basel Miami, Guest Curator, Kimberly Marrero in collaboration with Cricket and Marty Taplin, owners of the Sagamore Hotel, executed a live photo shoot with photographer Massimo Vitali using the Sagamore Hotel as its backdrop. Timing being everything, the shoot was scheduled while the endless crowds flocked into Miami Beach to attend this international art fair. In the artist's approach to the specific sites around the world he choses, a 20 ft tall scaffold was erected, in this case located at the hotel's poolside where guests were invited to gather, dine and socialize during the annual Sagamore Art Brunch. Vitali perched above the crowd stood for several hours patiently waiting for that pivotal moment of inspiration to take the one winning shot. Always conspiring with a central figure who guides his sea of subjects, all the while reminding them to look away from the camera and "forget the artist is present". After many trials and tribulations relating to those who proceeded to pose for the camera in spite of the artists wishes and visible frustrations... the exposure was made and Art Basel and the Miami flavour were immortalized. Kimberly Marrero,Independent Curator and Christine J. Taplin, Cuator of Sagamore Hotel.