Are you trying to follow new trends? In your opinion, is it useful to be interested in modern trends and keep pace with the times?
Valerio Adami shows that it is. This true star of Italian Pop Art went a long way from figuration and abstract tendencies. As a result, the artist managed to link these trends and create his own unique style of painting, which brought him worldwide success.
At the beginning of his artistic career, Adami was influenced by American Pop Art. He drew his inspiration from the new imagery of movies, posters, comics and advertising. But from the late 1950s, they were just one element of his drawings and paintings. In the mid-1960s, the artist depicted urban scenes in flat fields of bright colour, outlined in black, the objects were broken down and then reassembled, becoming hardly recognizable. He tried to show not the reality of most people, but the reality that he experienced himself.
And currently, many of his paintings and drawings are on view at Galerie Michael Haas. However, to contain the spread of Covid-19, the gallery was temporarily closed to the public from March 13. Nevertheless, it’s written on the website that it is still possible to visit the exhibition by prior arrangement by telephone.
What kind of works does this show consist of? It features the works span the years 1956 to 1969. It was a period of rapid success experienced by the artist in his early twenties. It was in 1955 that Valerio Adami had his first solo show at Galleria Pater in Milan. In 1958, his art gained wider public exposure through shows at the Institute of Contemporary Art in London and Galleria del Naviglio in Milan.
In 1964, Adami had his own room at documenta III and as early as 1966 his works were exhibited at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. He participated in biennials in São Paulo, Tokyo and Paris. In two years, Valerio Adami showed a whole series of pictures painted in New York in his own room at the Biennale in Venice, and in 1969 he had a solo exhibition at the Museo de Bella Artes in Caracas.