Speed and Motion: Racing to the Finish Line

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On May 23, 2012 the National Art Museum of Sport (NAMOS) celebrated the  opening of its newest blockbuster exhibit, Speed and Motion: Racing to the Finish Line.

The exhibit featured over 30 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and installations from many top sport artists in Indiana and worldwide. Representing a wide range of artistic media, Speed and Motion: Racing to the Finish Line captures the heart-pounding drama of racing, including auto, motorcycle, kayaking, bicycling, running, swimming, triathlons, horse racing, and more. Each exhibit piece was selected for its bold translation of speed and motion within the portrayed sport.

Highlighting the exhibit is one of the largest collections of Mina Papatheodorou-Valyraki’s work ever to be shown in the United States.  Hailing from Greece, Ms. Papatheodorou-Valyraki has exhibited her artwork depicting Formula 1 racing in top museums around the world, including the National Gallery in Athens; the Olympic Museum of Lausanne; the UN Building in New York; the National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC; the “Lamborghini Automobili” Museum in Sant’ Agata Bolognese in Italy; the UNESCO collection in Paris; and the Museum of Barcelona. This was Ms. Papatheodorou-Valyraki’s first exhibit at NAMOS.

Additional highlights of the exhibit included the unveiling of numerous never-seen-before works by American artists Thomas Allen Pauly, Sayaka Ganz, and Clint Thayer.

Thomas Allen Pauly, a regular exhibitor at the Kentucky Derby and award-winning equine artist, unveiled a three-panel triptych entitled Gates Open, They’re Racing.  Also unveiled for the first time ever was the installation Midnight, by Indiana-based artist, Sayaka Ganz, whose work is collected and displayed internationally from London and Tokyo to New York and San Francisco. Ms. Ganz is well known for her style of work using reclaimed materials, including metals and plastics. Ms. Ganz was born in Yokohama, Japan, and has also lived in Brazil and Hong Kong.

Also featured were photographs by Clint Thayer, a professional sports photographer from Wisconsin. Thayer’s large-scale photographic compositions captured the gritty physicality of months-long trainings, grueling 15-hour Ironman triathlons, and six-mile ultra-swim events across freshwater lakes.

Additional works in Speed and Motion: Racing to the Finish Line included several photographs by Chicago artist Scott Fincher, highlighting kayaking on Lake Chicago; and photographs by Chris Bucher of athletes running, swimming, and biking.  Local artist Walter Knabe rounded out this exceptional exhibit with a triptych of racing greats Dario Franchitti, Danika Patrick, and Helio Castroneves.

Many of the works in this exhibit are now available as part of the Traveling Exhibit and Art Rental Program. For inquiries on these works, please contact us here.