Spring Goes Pop. It’s is all about the new. In art, spring brings about ideas of vibrant colors, transient visuals and iconic shapes which get us excited for the long awaited change in season. As the weather heats up, so should our art. Pop artists Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, street artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring and Damien Hirst are all inspired by contemporary culture, and like spring, we once again can be inspired by the every day.
Pop artists celebrated the common place objects and people of everyday life and aimed to elevate popular culture to rival that of ‘high art’. This movement paved the way for artists to be able to transform the everyday. In the 1970s Street Art also developed from this concept along side the explosion of the graffiti scene in New York City. When you bring these artists together you get a bold and dynamic collection.
Andy Warhol may be one of the biggest names in the American Pop Art Movement. His ability to blend banality and glamour makes his images approachable to the everyday. From his Ads Portfolio that portrays the defining features of 1980s iconic advertisements, to his earlier Flowers paintings, Warhol style has been characterized by this era.
Along with Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein was a leading figure in this movement during the 1960s. Lichtenstein’s work favored images from comic strips in which he copied into large format paintings. “Once these simple, speech bubbled picture were blown up in scale, their banal contact became strongly aggrandized.”
Jean-Michel Basquiat is best known for his primitive style and collaborations with Andy Warhol. Part uncrackable code and part instinctual expression, Basquiat’s works are simultaneously complex and simple and coincided with the emergence of a new art movement, Neo-Expressionism.
Keith Haring was an artists who responded to the New York City street culture and continued to drive the influence of low culture within the art world. Along side Basquiat, Haring established graffiti as a force in the art world by bring the street aesthetic to canvas.
Damien Hirst was arguably the prominent member of the Young British Artists, who dominated the art in the United Kingdom in the 1990s. He work takes on the challenge of questioning our ideas of existence, as he draws upon the complete relationship between art, life and death. The outcome, is bright and complex imagery that juxtapose these often dark concepts.
Guy Hepner is pleased to present the sale of the Spring Goes Pop Collection. Please inquire about our new inventory from Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Damien Hirst.