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Boca Museum Reopens with Four Captivating Exhibitions

The Boca Raton Museum of Art’s fall exhibitions present an eclectic range of masterful works, visual styles and aesthetic messages. The featured exhibitions are internationally renowned painter Valerio Adami’s intriguing pop art and Robert Cottingham’s provoking views of the ubiquitous star.

October 12, 2010- January 9, 2011

Valerio Adami

Valerio Adami (Italian, born in Bologna, 1935- ) is an important European artist, who first came to international prominence in the 1960s with Nouvelle Figuration, the French intellectual version of Pop art. Adami’s work is steeped in political, social and moral mythologies.


This exhibition presents a retrospective of more than four decades of work with 23 important paintings from the 1960s to his most recent paintings. Adami’s images embrace themes that have preoccupied the artist for more than 50 years: literature, travels, poetry, music, politics and painting. After more than half a century of working creatively, Adami has evolved his own iconography, an ingenious pictorial language that embraces both past and present.


This exhibition is organized from the collection of the Adami Foundation (Fondo Adami, Fondazione Europea del Disegno).


VALERIO ADAMI (Italian, 1935- ), La Nuvola [The Cloud], 1991, acrylic on canvas, 78 x 103.9 inches. Courtesy of Fondo Adami, Fondazione Europea del Disegno

Robert Cottingham: Twenty Ways to See a Star

This exhibition debuts a series of 20 eye-popping paintings by acclaimed photorealist painter and printmaker Robert Cottingham (American, born in Brooklyn 1935- ). Cottingham established himself in the early 1970s as one of the first generation photorealists with such renowned artists as Richard Estes and Chuck Close. Abstraction and realism are skillfully wedded in Cottingham’s shimmering paintings depicting the vanishing objects and icons of American culture, such as commercial neon signs, which were the inspiration behind Cottingham’s star paintings. Cottingham worked on this three-year project with Michael McKenzie’s American Image Atelier in New York, to produce this new series of monumental Star paintings silkscreened onto canvas.


This exhibition is organized in conjunction with Rosenbaum Contemporary Gallery, Gallery Center, Boca Raton.


October 12, 2010 – June 19, 2011 (In the Education Gallery)

Romanticism to Modernism: Graphic Masterpieces from Piranesi to Picasso

Fine prints have, since their origin in the 15th century, been admired for their great artistic diversity and technical virtuosity. This exhibition includes fine examples by acknowledged masters of the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth century’s, including masterworks by Giovanni Battista Piranesi(Italian, 1720-1788), Francisco de Goya (Spanish, 1746-1828), and Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1881-1973), each of whom is celebrated for his pioneering experiments in graphic art. The exhibition opens with a selection of brilliant works by Piranesi, the highly influential Italian precursor of the romantic style, whose brooding and atmospheric series Carceri (Prisons), 1749-1760, is one of the great icons of the 18th century. Included are etchings from Goya’s The Disasters of War (1810-20); lithographs and etchings by James McNeil Whistler (American, 1834-1903); and a range of important graphic works by Picasso including etchings from the Vollard Suite created between 1930 and 1937, The 347 Series of 1968, and Picasso’s Series 156 completed in 1971

This exhibition is organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art.


October 12, 2010 – May 1, 2011 (In the Auditorium)

Latin American Art from the Museum’s Collection

Twentieth-century and contemporary Latin American art is international in nature, and its leading figures have achieved international stature. This sampling of Latin American art from the Museum’s collections introduces the work of several major Latin American artists whose works reflect the interaction of politics, society and art, a dialogue between avant-garde movements and “indigenist” thinking, and the search for cultural -identity. Twenty works by many of the most important 20th century Latin American artists range from the traditional figurative sculpture of Francisco Zuniga, to the the modernism of Rufino Tamayo and Matta, the contemporary abstraction of Enrique Castro-Cid and Carlos Cruz-Diez, and the poetic realism of Julio Larraz.

This exhibition is organized by the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

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John Thomason
John Thomason
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