Esso Gallery and Books is an art enterprise run by Jennifer Bacon and Filippo Fossati based in New York City. In its 20 years of activity, Esso Gallery has collaborated with many international artists in the making of more then one hundred exhibitions in private and public institutions. Esso Gallery initially became known for introducing a number of important European artists such as Carol Rama, Gianni Piacentino, Alighiero Boetti, Ketty La Rocca, Pino Pascali, Mario Schifano, Pirro Cuniberti and others involved in the Arte Povera group to the American public, while expanding the careers of American artists both in the US and abroad. In 2009 we closed the physical space of our gallery to focus on artists' projects and productions that for various reasons we couldn't do in our gallery.
Jennifer Bacon has a degrees in Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute Chicago and Temple University. She opened Esso Gallery with partner Jennie Schueler in 1996 and has since worked with a diverse range of contemporary international artists. Her interest in design and applied arts has brought her to start a collection of artist designed jewelry, beginning with Jessica Carroll and Richard Nonas.
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. He started working very early on as a young factotum for the Galleria dell'Oca in Rome and has not stopped since. After having worked with many international artists and many memorable art-world notables, he started a publishing company in 1983 and opened his own gallery in Torino in 1988. He partnered with Jennifer Bacon & Jennie Schueler to produce the first show of Carol Rama in the U.S. and remained with the gallery. In 2009 he established the archive of Richard Nonas and continues to consult with artists and collectors.
Our interests and expertise extend from established international artists from the beginning of the 20th century - with a special focus on Italian and American art - through the most contemporary emerging ones, in all media. We assist art buyers in selecting, assembling and organizing collections.