Valerio Adami (Italian, 1935) Longchamp 1967

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Valerio Adami
(Italian, 1935)
Longchamp
1967

Sold for £ 16,250 (US$ 21,682) inc. premium
Valerio Adami (Italian, 1935)
Longchamp
1967

signed, titled and inscribed PARIS 3.67, ARONA 5.67 on the reverse
acrylic on canvas

81.5 by 100 cm.
32 1/16 by 39 3/8 in.

This work was executed in 1967.

Footnotes

  • This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

    Provenance
    Studio Marconi, Milan
    Galleria d'Arte de' Foscherari, Bologna
    Sale: Pananti Casa d'Aste, Florence, Arte Moderna e Contemporanea, 3 December 2005, Lot 655
    Acquired directly from the above by the previous owner
    Thence by descent to the present owner


    The Longchamp racetrack is as well known in the sporting world as it is in the history of art, having been famously painted by Impressionist masters Edouard Manet and Edgar Degas in the late 1860s and 1870s respectively. It is an arena bursting with energy from the spectators, horses and jockeys, and one of the most prestigious arenas in the sport worldwide, having been in constant use since it was first created in 1857 in what were at the time the outskirts of Paris. Yet Valerio Adami's Longchamp from 1967 is a painting of stark unobtrusiveness and clean composition, delineating this busy track in the most minimal of ways with elegant black lines that are filled with solid colour. The artist strips the scene down to its basic elements, with only the two racers in the foreground and the loud speaker in the far right giving us a hint of the excitement of the heat of the race. This is most certainly not the typical sporting picture focused on studying horses' anatomy and depicting jockeys mid-race in intricate detail, but in the very early style of the Pop Art Adami so beautifully champions, it nevertheless delivers the excitement of the race in its own, technicolor way.
    Since his first solo exhibition in Milan in 1959 Adami has had numerous exhibitions around the world, and in 1986 he was the subject of a full-scale retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Adami still lives and works in his studio which had previously belonged to Salvador Dali, just a stone's throw from the church of Sacré-Coeur, and continues to create art that is uncompromisingly consistent in style. Longchamp was famously produced as a series of prints with slight variations in colour and numbering of the race horses and the track, and the present painting shows us why it was such an arresting and interesting image for the artist to create and replicate.
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