‘Centriole’ – Murano Glass, Afro Celotto – Banned In America!
Afro created this series at the height of his initial fame. But since 2011, Afro has been “Banned In America!”
After many visits to the US, Afro quickly created a series of pieces for an opportunity in 2011 in California. Then, it was Afro’s practice to stamp pieces with his signature while they were still hot. However, he didn’t sign them until they went on display.
His studio, AGS Srl, duly packed and shipped a series of these pieces before they were signed. Naturally, Afro planned to sign them when he arrived in the US in late 2011. Signing them in front of the buyer was a dramatic gesture and Afro has always been a showman.
However, it was not to be. This time, due to language difficulties and an enthusiastic US Immigration officer, BANNED Afro when he attempted to enter the United States – a ban which still stands.