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1_LUIGI BIENAIME'

 

As part of the series ‘Highlights’, Brun Fine Art is pleased to share with you a presentation focused on the Italian sculptor Luigi Bienaimé. Click here to download or read online here

 

You will also find details of the sculpture ‘Bust of a Gentleman’ created by the artist in 1820-30 - currently available for purchase.

 

Made in the time that Bienaimé was active in Thorvaldsen’s workshop, this male bust is proudly signed by the sculptor and is one of the few certain portraits by the artist. 

 

 

Luigi Bienaime’
(Carrara, 1795 - Rome, 1878) 

Bust of a Gentleman, 1820-30 Inscribed on the back ‘A. BIENAIME’ 

Luigi Bienaime’

White Carrara Marble
height 70 cm - 27 1/2 in 

 

Literature: 

- Panzetta, A. Nuovo dizionario degli scultori italiani dell’Ottocento e del primo Novecento. Da Antonio Canova ad Arturo Martini, 2 vols. (Borgaro, 2003), p. 156, fig. 229. 

- A.Bacchi, “Bust of a gentleman”, in A. Bacchi, Ed., A Taste For Sculpture II, London 2015, pp. 76-81, No. 12 (Illustrated). 

 

We hope you enjoy the opportunity to discover this work by the great Italian artist Luigi Bienaimé.

 

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ALBERTO BIASI 

 

 

Alberto Biasi
(Padua, 1937)
Homage to Strzemiński, 1974
Archived under POL 295
50 x 50 cm
19 3/4 x 19 3/4 in

 

 

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In the world of …

 

Alberto Biasi, which is to say the greatest figure in kinetic art on the Italian peninsula. 

Entering the world of kinetic art is no simple task: merely describing its history and its development from abstractionism to Biasi’s politipo, illustrated here, would require thousands of words.

Kinetic art emerged in 1960 with the exhibition of the Groupe de recherche d’art visuel (GRAV) in Paris and we could say that it developed to give artists a way of “going beyond” in their work. Indeed, one of the principles of kinetic art, and consequentially of arte programmata (“programmed art”), was to give the traditionally immobile work of art movement – either optical or illusory, using light effects, or actual, employing special mechanisms. 

A few obligatory principles can be observed in kinetic art: the importance of planning, which is always meticulous; the creation of kinetic mechanisms, to give the work of art the required movement; the importance of plays of light, which are indispensable, and the use of alternative materials, such as plastic, glass, metal and paper.

 

Close on the heels of the Paris exhibition, the collectives Zero and Gruppo Uno were founded, respectively, in Düsseldorf and Italy. The members of this early Italian collective aimed to operate as a group creating works that would enrich “the formal alphabet through the rational control of knowledge”. They sought out signs that could represent the essential symbology of life, capable of creating, with their structure, a new “historical” language. Its members included Biggi, Carrino, Frascà, Pace and Uncini, among others.

In May 1962, the Italian artist Bruno Munari opened the exhibition Arte Programmata at the Olivetti store in Milan, displaying the work of members of GRAV, Giovanni Anceschi’s Gruppo T, Davide BorianiGianni ColomboGabriele Devecchi, Gruppo N members Alberto Biasi, Edoardo Landi, Manfredo Massironi, Toni Costa and Ennio Chiggio and Getullio Alviani and Enzo Mauri. The exhibition catalogue included an introduction by Umberto Eco.

 

Gruppo N, of which Alberto Biasi was a co-founder, disbanded after less than a year, but its members remained faithful to the tenets of concrete art, a form of rigorous constructivism. The mantra remained “not the representation of the real but a governing intervention on the confusion of the real”, an inclination that can always be perceived in the structure of the lights employed and in the geometrisms formed by those lights.  

In 1961, Biasi displayed a work titled Proiezione di luci e ombre that visually expressed the meaning of this artistic current, but it was the display of the 1967 work Light Prism that made him one of the leading figures in kinetic art. 

In this work, the artist created a walkable surface with light and prisms that generated a play of colours such that the viewer had the impression of walking on a floor of light.

 

In the excellent catalogue for the exhibition at Palazzo Reale, Genoa in 2009, the scholar Giovanni Granzotto wrote:

“I believe that all critics, militant and otherwise, have always agreed that the expression ‘kinetic artist’ is reductive when applied to complex, multifaceted, sometimes even contradictory figures such as, for example, some of the members of the French-Argentine collective GRAV: Garcia Rossi, Le Parc, Morellet. And in my view the same is true, if not even more so, when it is used to define the scope and boundaries of the forty-five-year career of Alberto Biasi.

It might be appropriate to confine other members of the legendary Gruppo N, such as Costa or Landi, for example, within the ranks of kinetic artists, as for that matter many members of the Milan-based collective Gruppo T, but in the case of Biasi this definition will not suffice. Biasi was not merely one of the leaders of kinetic art or, in my humble opinion, just the greatest practitioner of ‘virtual kinetic art’ in Italy, but he was and is also much more and, in many ways, different.”

And it is with Granzotto’s words that we shall conclude our look at the artistic world of Alberto Biasi: “the greatest practitioner of virtual kinetic art in Italy and more” is, in my view, an accurate reflection.

Enrico Gariboldi

 

 

VALERIO ADAMI 

 

 

VALERIO ADAMI
LA CARRIERA DI UN LIBERTINO1964
Acrylic on canvas
81 x 100 cm
31 7/8 x 39 3/8 in

 

 

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The painter Valerio Adami was born in Bologna on 17 March 1935.

 

His expressionist art was influenced by the work of Francis Bacon and then by abstract and gesture painting, with the problem of representation resolved through the tenets of American Pop Art and, in particular, Roy Lichtenstein. Classically trained, in the early 1960s he began to be influenced by international Pop Art, developing a form of narrative painting that he mediated, however, drawing on the renowned Italian tradition.

 

His works are a kind of fantastical, ironic comic-style narrative in which neutral interiors are filled with everyday objects, used as (sometimes sexual) symbols of modernity.

 

His style is characterised by the use of flat, smooth, continuous applications of paint confined within clear black outlines.

 

In  the late 1950s, Adami began a series of trips that included prolonged stays in London (1958) and New York (1966), where he later returned multiple times, Cuba (1967), Caracas (1969), Bavaria (1974), India (1977), Israel (1979), Tokyo (1983), Scandinavia (1988) and Argentina (1994).

 

Included in Documenta 3 (Kassel) in 1964 and the 1968 Venice Biennale, Adami developed a highly personal style alluding to a concise, synthetic language typical of the comic and based on the juxtaposition of figures and objects painted in contrasting primary and complementary colours. 

 

Eschewing sophisticated shading and canonical chiaroscuro, Adami thus represents his themes – whether lofty or ordinary, literary or pastoral, treating everyday life or expressly private – with a constant pictorial divertissement aimed to create harmonic pleasure and the syntactic reconstruction of form through his distinctive use of clear black outlines. 

 

His work was displayed at the Jewish Museum, New York in 1968, at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1970, in Mexico City, Jerusalem and at the Centre Georges Pompidou in 1985, in Tel Aviv and in Buenos Aires.

 

He has since presented his paintings in numerous solo and group shows at public museums and private galleries, accompanied by important catalogues with texts by critics, writers and philosophers. He has also received numerous public art commissions.

 

The present work is exemplary of Valerio Adami’s production, gathering together elements typical of the artist’s carrier, including the subject and the use of vibrant hues, almost as if they were highlighters.

 

The artist painted “La carriera di un libertino” (The Carrier of a Libertine) in 1964, and the work is signed and dated on the reverse.

The work is listed in the Archivio Valerio Adami as no. IT139T.

 

“La carriera di un libertino” (The Carrier of a Libertine) is available for purchase.

 

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Brun Fine Art is one of London’s leading internationally operating galleries specialised in prestigious sculpture, continental furniture, contemporary art, Asian works of art and objects of absolute quality and beauty. Located in Mayfair's Old Bond Street, the gallery is situated at centre of London's art world and regularly hosts a busy programme of exhibitions and events. Brun Fine Art has over 20 years of experience in the world of fine and decorative art and introduces clients, collectors and art connoisseurs to works of art within our subjects of expertise.

Since its foundation by brothers Augusto and Marco Brun, Brun Fine Art has expanded their knowledge on specialist fields such as Old Masters, bronze sculptures, continental furniture, Asian art, modern and contemporary art and therefore offers today an extensive collection of high-quality fine and decorative art.

 

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As we are always interested in acquiring high quality works of art, please do not hesitate to contact us for any valuation or expertise requests concerning fine or decorative works of art.

For any enquiries please visit our gallery in London or call +44(0)20 7493 0195

 

 

 

Brun Fine Art

Brun Fine Art is one of London’s leading internationally operating galleries specialised in prestigious sculpture, continental furniture, contemporary art, Asian works of art and objects of absolute quality and beauty. Located in Mayfair's Old Bond Street, the gallery is situated at centre of London's art world and regularly hosts a busy programme of exhibitions and events. Brun Fine Art has over 20 years of experience in the world of fine and decorative art and introduces clients, collectors and art connoisseurs to works of art within our subjects of expertise.

Since its foundation by brothers Augusto and Marco Brun, Brun Fine Art has expanded their knowledge on specialist fields such as Old Masters, bronze sculptures, continental furniture, Asian art, modern and contemporary art and therefore offers today an extensive collection of high-quality fine and decorative art.

 

Visit the foremost fine art gallery in London

In the past years, the gallery has constantly grown, developing both integrity and expertise and introducing and leading clients and art lovers through the fascinating fusion of ages, materials, artists and events that shaped the history of fine art. Visit our gallery at 38 Old Bond Street or browse our online art gallery for up-to-date information about our artworksexhibitions and events.  

 

Contact us with your fine art enquiries

For all fine art enquiries, you can contact us today and have a friendly discussion about any of the 15th- to 20th-century sculptures, Old Master paintings, continental furniture, Asian art, post-war and contemporary art  examples we have on display at our international gallery.   

As we are always interested in acquiring high quality works of art, please do not hesitate to contact us for any valuation or expertise requests concerning fine or decorative works of art.

For any enquiries please visit our gallery in London or call +44(0)20 7493 0195