Jennifer Bacon has degrees in Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute Chicago and from Temple University. She opened Esso Gallery in 1996 and has since worked with a diverse range of contemporary international artists. She has successfully introduced European artists to the American audience and presented American artists overseas. She has been the adviser of several private and public collections. Her interest in design and applied arts has brought her to start a collection of artist designed jewelry.
Filippo Fossati has been involved in art since the beginning of his memory, his being a family of artists, art historians, writers and art dealers. His expertise is in Italian art of the 20th century. He begun working in the late ‘70s in Rome and has not stopped since. He started an art publishing company in 1983 and opened his own gallery in Torino in 1988. In 1996 he partnered with Jennifer Bacon & Jennie Schueler to produce the first show of Italian artist Carol Rama in the U.S. and remained with the gallery. He is a writer and curator who has worked with many memorable international artists and many art-world notables, and continues to help artist and to consult for private and public collections.
Esso Gallery & Books is an art enterprise run by Jennifer Bacon and Filippo Fossati, based in New York City. In its 20+ years of activity, Esso has collaborated and supported many international artists in the making of more than one hundred exhibitions in private and public institutions. Since its beginnings in the Lower East Side in 1996, Esso has introduced the work of a number of important Italian artists such as Carol Rama, Gastone Novelli, Alighiero Boetti, Ketty La Rocca, Pino Pascali, Gianni Piacentino, Mario Schifano, Tano Festa, Pirro Cuniberti, Piero Manai, Vittoria Chierici and others to the American public, while expanding the careers of American artists both in the US and abroad. In 2009 Esso closed the physical space of the gallery to focus on collaborating with selected artists' projects and productions, and consulting with collectors and curators. Esso founded the archives of Richard Nonas, Vittoria Chierici, Maurizio Pellegrin and Jay Batlle. Esso works with the Archivio Gastone Novelli and Archivio Mario Schifano in Rome and represents the Archivio Fausta Squatriti. Esso is now open by appointment only.
Jennifer Bacon, photograph by Carlo Farbotto di Montepadula
Filippo Fossati, photograph by Richard Nonas
all images in this site of or by Carol Rama are © Archivio Carol Rama