With the Warhol exhibition the Palazzo Reale brings to Milan works by Andy Warhol from the Peter Brant collection. Works from all Warhol’s major periods are on display; from his earlyDeath and Disaster series, his celebrity portraits of Elizabeth Taylor and Marilyn Monroe, to a 1986 self-portrait.
Can You Go Wrong With Blue-Chip Artists?
Looking at recent record figures from the sales of Contemporary Art in New York, the answer seems to be: no. The price surge from the already impressive results of 2012 gives art collectors worldwide the welcome reassurance that investing in Art’s big names is a secure path to follow.
Works by heavy weight names like Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Roy Lichtenstein are still able to pull millions of pounds – with prices inflating by tenths of millions before changing hands after just one year.
While current trends such as American Abstract Expressionism performed impressively well this year, Pop Art is still one of the most popular currents. A major Warhol retrospective at the Hong Kong Museum of Art closed in March, after drawing more than 250,000 visitors. Predictably, non-living artists like Lichtenstein and Warhol are battling for the throne with ever inflating multi-million figures, but for those already looking ahead the artists to keep on the radar are surely the ones who are still alive like Robert Indiana – whose massive retrospective exhibition (“Robert Indiana: Beyond Love”) is opening at the Whitney Museum in New York on September the 26th.
The author of the LOVE iconic paintings and sculptures will also be honoured with an exhibition (“The Essential Robert Indiana”) at the Indianapolis Museum of Art opening on the 16th of February 2014.
Get ready for some serious Robert Indiana madness!
On the other side of the world – at the extremely successful (more than 60,000 visitors!) Hong Kong Base Art Fair, a recent artwork by Takashi Murakami (“Pom & Me: On the Red Mound of the Dead”) was sold for a reported sum of $400,000. The prolific Japanese master, dubbed the ‘modern day Andy Warhol’ for his similar work ethic and practices to his legendary mentor, never ceases to fascinate art lovers worldwide.
As of 2013, Blue-Chip artists’ power seems to be unstoppable.
Walton Street Journal – An Art Investment Feature by Walton Fine Arts London
Keith Haring was born on May 4, 1958 in Reading, Pennsylvania, and was raised in nearby Kutztown, Pennsylvania. He developed a love for drawing at a very early age, learning basic cartooning skills from his father and from the popular culture around him, such as Dr. Seuss and Walt Disney.
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Upon graduation from high school in 1976, Keith Haring enrolled in the Ivy School of Professional Art in Pittsburgh, a commercial arts school. He soon realized that he had little interest in becoming a commercial graphic artist and, after two semesters, dropped out. While in Pittsburgh, Keith Haring continued to study and work on his own and in 1978 had a solo exhibition of his work at the Pittsburgh Arts and Crafts Center.
Later that same year, Keith Haring moved to New York City and enrolled in the School of Visual Arts (SVA). In New York, Keith Haring found a thriving alternative art community that was developing outside the gallery and museum system, in the downtown streets, the subways and spaces in clubs and former dance halls. Here he became friends with fellow artists Kenny Scharf and Jean-Michel Basquiat, as well as the musicians, performance artists and graffiti writers that comprised the burgeoning art community.
Keith Haring was swept up in the energy and spirit of this scene and began to organize and participate in exhibitions and performances at Club 57 and other alternative venues. In addition to being impressed by the innovation and energy of his contemporaries, Haring was also inspired by the work of Jean Dubuffet, Pierre Alechinsky, William Burroughs, Brion Gysin and Robert Henri’s manifesto The Art Spirit, which asserted the fundamental independence of the artist. With these influences Keith Haring was able to push his own youthful impulses toward a singular kind of graphic expression based on the primacy of the line. Also drawn to the public and participatory nature of Christo’s work, in particular Running Fence, and by Andy Warhol’s unique fusion of art and life, Haring was determined to devote his career to creating a truly public art.
As a student at SVA, Haring experimented with performance, video, installation and collage, while always maintaining a strong commitment to drawing. In 1980, Haring found a highly effective medium that allowed him to communicate with the wider audience he desired, when he noticed the unused advertising panels covered with matte black paper in a subway station. He began to create drawings in white chalk upon these blank paper panels throughout the subway system.
Between 1980 and 1985, Haring produced hundreds of these public drawings in rapid rhythmic lines, sometimes creating as many as forty “subway drawings” in one day. This seamless flow of images became familiar to New York commuters, who often would stop to engage the artist when they encountered him at work. The subway became, as Haring said, a “laboratory” for working out his ideas and experimenting with his simple lines.
Between 1980 and 1986, Haring achieved international recognition and participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His first solo exhibition in New York, held at the Tony Shafrazi Gallery in 1982, was immensely popular and received critical acclaim. During this period, he participated in highly renowned international survey exhibitions such as Documenta 7 in Kassel Germany, the São Paulo Biennial and the Whitney Biennial. Haring completed numerous public projects in the first half of the 80’s as well, ranging from an animation for the Spectracolor billboard in Times Square, designing sets and backdrops for theaters and clubs, to developing watch designs for Swatch and creating murals worldwide.
In April 1986, Haring opened the Pop Shop, a retail store in Soho selling T-shirts, toys, posters, buttons and magnets bearing his images. Haring considered the shop to be an extension of his work and painted the entire interior of the store in an abstract black on white mural, creating a striking and unique retail environment. The shop was intended to allow people greater access to his work, which was now readily available on products at a low cost. The shop received criticism from many in the art world, however Haring remained committed to his desire to make his artwork available to as wide an audience as possible, and received strong support for his project from friends, fans and mentors including Andy Warhol.
Throughout his career, Haring devoted much of his time to public works, which often carried social messages. He produced more than 50 public artworks between 1982 and 1989, in dozens of cities around the world, many of which were created for charities, hospitals, children’s day care centers and orphanages. The now famous Crack is Wack mural of 1986 has become a landmark along New York’s FDR Drive.
Other projects include; a mural created for the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty in 1986, on which Haring worked with 900 children; a mural on the exterior of Necker Children’s Hospital in Paris, France in 1987; and a mural painted on the western side of the Berlin Wall three years before its fall. Haring also held drawing workshops for children in schools and museums in New York, Amsterdam, London, Tokyo and Bordeaux, and produced imagery for many literacy programs and other public service campaigns. Haring was diagnosed with AIDS in 1988. In 1989, he established the Keith Haring Foundation, its mandate being to provide funding and imagery to AIDS organizations and children’s programs, and to expand the audience for Haring’s work through exhibitions, publications and the licensing of his images. Haring enlisted his imagery during the last years of his life to speak about his own illness and generate activism and awareness about AIDS. During a brief but intense career that spanned the 1980s, Haring’s work was featured in over 100 solo and group exhibitions.
In 1986 alone, he was the subject of more than 40 newspaper and magazine articles. He was highly sought after to participate in special projects and collaborated with artists and performers such as Madonna, Grace Jones, Bill T. Jones, William Burroughs, Timothy Leary, Jenny Holzer and Andy Warhol. By expressing universal concepts of birth, death, love, sex and war, using a primacy of line and directness of message, Haring was able to attract a wide audience and assure the accessibility and staying power of his imagery, which has become a universally recognized visual language of the 20th century. Keith Haring died of AIDS related complications at the age of 31 on February 16, 1990.
A memorial service was held on May 4, 1990 at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City, with over 1,000 people in attendance. Since his death, he has been the subject of several international retrospectives. The work of Keith Haring can be seen today in the exhibitions and collections of major museums around the world.
|Robert Indiana Love Indiana is a world renowned Pop artist. He is part of the American Pop masters group which comprises: Andy Warhol (as the king of Pop), Lichtenstein, Haring, JM Basquiat. Indiana is 87 years old and really the last one of that group and period to still be alive.Walton Fine Arts have specialised in the work of Robert Indianafor over two decades, and continue to be the main specialists of his edition works in Europe. It only seems normal to think that, with such a well acclaimed artist, that now would be the best time to buy and invest in his works. With collectors for over 50 years globally and his works being shown in the top museums globally, good works are already becoming scarce.With hand signed limited editions custom framed to museum standards starting from £3,000 it makes great sense to start now.
Love – The Book of Love
12 oil screen prints in colours. Hand signed, numbered limited edition of 200 and dated ’96’ in pencil by the artist. Plus 12 Love embossed poems, hand signed and numbered. Available as a full set & also some available individually with their poem.
Please contact for viewing at Walton Fine Arts Gallery in Walton Street Cheslsea London SW3 or view
Robert Indiana Biography
Takashi Murakami (American/Japanese, b.1962) is a painter and sculptor famous for his integration of Fine Art, commercialism, Japanese aesthetics, and cultural criticism into his work.
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“The Modern Day Andy Warhol”
Originally based and working from a studio in Asaka City, Japan, Takashi Murakami quickly established a large scale studio of assistants, taking influence from the work habits of Andy Warhol.
Indeed, the Warholian similarities do not end there, for his work draws heavily from the fields of consumer culture, for so long an area deeply imbued in Warhol’s art.
Takashi Murakami paints in the self titled style of “Superflat”, a method whereby everything within the image is portrayed in two dimensions only, and one that he used extensively during his commissioned work as a designer in 2003 for Louis Vuitton.
The “Superflat” technique finds its origins in far less contemporary surroundings than couture fashion, since it draws upon traditional Japanese techniques pioneered by the panel and screen painters of the sixteenth century.
He first gained recognition as a sculptor during the early 1990s, exploring otaku (the Japanese term for an obsession with anime and cartoons) and the contradictions between contemporary Japanese society and American culture in his work.
In 1996, he created the Hiropon Factory in Japan, which later developed into Kaikai Kiki Co. Ltd., a large art making and artist management corporation. Murakami is also a curator and a critical observer of Japanese art.
In 2000, he founded the “Superflat” movement, a post modern style drawing inspiration from Japanese manga (comics created in Japan), graphic design, and traditional Japanese prints and screen paintings.
Throughout his career, Murakami has increasingly blurred the boundaries between fine art and popular culture by branding his artwork and turning it into merchandise, particularly with the celebrated character Mr. Dob. His embrace of the commercial side of art reached a high point in 2003, when the artist began collaborating with Marc Jacobs in the redesign of the Louis Vuitton logo and handbags.
Murakami currently lives and works in Tokyo and New York.