Guy Hepner is pleased to present the ‘Spring Goes Pop’ Exhibition, celebrating the long waited arrival of a new season. Pop artists Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Damien Hirst, along with street artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring come together to showcase works with vibrant colors, transient visuals and iconic shapes, and everything we love about spring.
Spring is all about the new and like the Pop Art, Street Art and the Neo Expressionist movement, is it about being inspired by the everyday.
‘Spring Goes Pop’ showcases a collection of prints by popular artists that speak to the motions of spring. Included in the exhibition is Andy Warhol’s 1970 Flowers 65 print, inspired by a photograph of hibiscus blossoms. Warhol drenched the flowers’ floppy shape with vibrant color and set them against a background of rich undergrowth.
Damien Hirst’sThe Wonder of You Series features butterflies that tackle the most direct themes of life, humanity, and essential life patterns that continually appear through his career. A series of six polymer-gravure etchings with lithographic overlay, these works reference the spiritual symbolism of the butterfly. Hirst states the he has “an obsession with death…But I think it’s like a celebration of the life rather than something morbid.”
Keith Haring’sPop Shop II (2), comes from a series prints that the artist release from his fun-filled boutique in SOHO in 1986. The Pop Shop became an extension of his work and allowed his art to be easily exposed to everyone. Haring lived and created in the real world, and saw the city as a gallery that was accessible to all.
Signed and framed on a lithograph, Shipboard Girl by Roy Lichtenstein follows the artist favored technique of appropriating images from comic strips in which he copied into large format prints. “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 ability to distill his perceptions of the outside work down to their essence. His newest work, Hollywood Africans In Front Of The Chinese Theatre with Footprints of Movie Stars, depicts Basquiat with his friends, artists Toxic and Rammellzee.
In the late 20th century, Pop Art, Street Art and Neo Expressionism were the reigning styles of contemporary America. To see this artistic variation of the everyday initiated the collapse of the boundaries between high and low culture. Help bring in the spring with Guy Hepner as we present new inventory in the ‘Spring Goes Pop’ exhibition.