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Valerio Adami Retrospective at Boca Raton Museum of Art

Valerio Adami, Early Morning, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 79” x 103.5”. Courtesy of Fondo Adami, Fondazione Europea del Disegno.

Valerio Adami, Early Morning, 1984, acrylic on canvas, 79” x 103.5”. Courtesy of Fondo Adami, Fondazione Europea del Disegno.

The Italian artist Valerio Adami is the subject of a retrospective of more than four decades of creative work at the Boca Raton Museum of Art. Adami, who first came to international prominence in the 1960s with Nouvelle Figuration, the French intellectual version of Pop Art, is known for a work steeped in political, social, and moral mythologies.

Over the course of his career, Valerio Adami has evolved his own iconography, an ingenious pictorial language that embraces both past and present, in which strange creatures keep company with famous faces from history. His pop art colors and flat forms with their thick black contours evoke the appearance of cartoons. Alongside these figures, everyday imagery plays a fundamental role in conveying his many social, philosophical, and literary references.

Along with retrospectives held in Paris (at the Centre Georges Pompidou, 1985), Valencia, Spain (1990), Sienna, Italy (1994), Tel Aviv (1997), Buenos Aires (1998), Athens (Frissiras Museum, 2004) and Milan (2008), this exhibition marks an important look at the artist’s work.

The exhibition, organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art from the collection of the Adami Foundation, is accompanied by a fully illustrated 222-page catalogue with essays by important critics and writers, such as Dore Ashton, Italo Calvino, Carlos Fuentes, Alain Jouffroy, Octavio Paz, and Antonio Tabucchi, published by the Museum.

Boca Raton Museum of Art. 501 Plaza Real. Boca Ratón, FL., 33432. Phone:  561 392 2500 / www.bocamuseum.org

Valerio Adami retrospective show is on view from October 12, 2010 through January 9, 2011.

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