“I tried to include a couple of Benvenuto works in this sale, but I couldn’t—and I didn’t want to sell mine,” he said. “He’s such an incredible genius, but internationally speaking, he’s practically unknown except for among a few amazing collectors.”
For Bottura, the act of collecting must be about the work first and foremost, rather than perceived value. Artists like Benvenuto or Fontana, he reasoned, can be making their most powerful work years or even decades before the market takes notice. Bottura referenced his hometown dealer, Emilio Mazzoli, who, in May 1981, gave the then-unknown New York artist
his very first first solo show.