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Valerio Adami, b.1935

Beauty Parlor1969

Adami’s most characteristic works generally resemble comic strips, with solid outlines and flat colouring. Occasionally, his work also borders on the surreal. Harsh, often neon, colours are combined with powerful, thick black lines. In ‘Beauty Parlour’ Adami combines inanimate objects with fragments of the human form. Objects are taken out of perspective and context to allow us to see them anew. The human condition is the main subject in his work, with the surrounding, seemingly unrelated objects serving as symbols of what composes it.

MediumAcrylic on canvas
Dimensions 199.9 x 146.5 cm
Credit LineIMMA Collection: Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992
Item NumberIMMA.100 GL
Copyright For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].
Image Caption
Valerio Adami, Beauty Parlor, 1969, Acrylic on canvas, 199.9 x 146.5 cm, Collection Irish Museum of Modern Art, Gordon Lambert Trust, 1992

For copyright information, please contact the IMMA Collections team: [email protected].

About the Artist

Valerio Adami b.1935

Italian painter and printmaker Valerio Adami is a world renowned exponent of Pop art. Trained at the Brera in Milan, he has worked in both London and Paris. Adami represented Italy at the 1968 Venice Biennale and was honoured in 1986 with a major retrospective at the Centre Georges-Pompidou in Paris. He is the subject of critical studies by Jacques Derrida, Italo Calvino, Jean-Francois Lyotard and others.
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