By Nii B. Andrews.
The 3000 piece CAA collection from over 30 African countries assembled by Jean Pigozzi of the Italian family that built the Simca auto line is an incredible resource.
The Naples Daily News reports that Frank Verpoorten – former Director of the Baker Naples Museum has just completed a prospectus for a rare US tour of works from the Pigozzi collection.
Verpoorten confessed, “what strikes me most in the work of African artists is the narrative content. They’re amazing storytellers, fantastic and fabulist”.
The exhibition will ensure that women artists are prominently featured in addition to a diversity of media and a large representation of countries.
Jean Pigozzi assembled his seminal CAA collection over the last 30 years with the assistance of the gallerist, André Magnin.
The 1989 exhibition in Paris, “Magiciens de la Terre,” was the first time that Pigozzi was exposed to CAA.
He explained, “then, when I saw this show 32 years ago, I saw these fabulous paintings and models of crazy houses and things, I completely fell in love in about 12 seconds”.