Andy Warhol. Jean-Michel Basquiat. Keith Haring. For the last century, these have been three of the biggest names in the art world and they have all been the subject of many exhibitions. But a single showcase will combine all three for a world-first 15-week celebration of pop art masters premiering here in Australia – and featuring more than 40 never-before-seen works Down Under.
This event : Masters of Pop: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York, which takes its name from the works it will survey and their origins. The exhibit is drawn entirely from the private collection of prominent art collector Jose Mugrabi, and is set to take over HOTA, House of Arts on the Gold Coast from Saturday 18th February to Sunday 4th June 2023.
Without surprise, masters of popAn array of works by Warhol, Basquiat and Haring will form an overview of the art scene of the 60s, 70s and 80s, and legends of the pop art and street art movements. There will be over ten pieces by Warhol, serving as an introduction to the showcase, with 1964 sixteen jackies and 1982 To cross among them. As for Haring, one of his very first works from 1979 will appear alongside others such as Untitled (Dancing Dogs)while the Basquiat coin range includes 1981s New York, New York and – fittingly – a Warhol-Basquiat collaboration.
Although the art by the three icons will provide masters of pop with its enormous drawcard, the exhibition also seeks to celebrate the continuing legacy of pop art alongside its origins. This means including pieces by Katherine Bernhardt, Kwesi Botchway, George Condo, Damien Hirst, KAWS, Barbara Kruger, Joel Mesler, Richard Prince, Tom Sachs, Julian Schnabel, Mickalene Thomas and Tom Wesselmann – like KAWS’ 2.8 meter tall 2018 carving What a partyplus Barbara Kruger’s If he sees, blind him, of a section of his 2009 installation Between being born and dying in the Lever House in New York.
“Popular Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection celebrates the history of pop art, while examining its influence on art and artists today. We wanted to explore the intersections in the lives, ideas and practices of this important group of artists,” says Tracy Cooper-Lavery, Director, Gallery and Visual Arts at HOTA.
“Many of them have known, collaborated or been influenced by each other, and we have recognized this in the design of the exhibition, which will see these incredible works of art dialogue with each other. .”
masters of pop has been in the works longer than HOTA’s new, six-level, $60.5 million gallery opened — the site launched in 2021 — and marks the most prestigious exhibition the venue has ever hosted.
“masters of pop took six years to prepare and HOTA is hosting an exclusive global exhibition right here on the Gold Coast,” said HOTA CEO Criena Gehrke.
“Over the years it has evolved into a bespoke exhibition that offers a very unique experience. Having access to the Mugrabi family’s personal collection is a real privilege and the artworks rarely leave New York. We We are delighted to bring these iconic artists and famous works of art to Australia for the first time.”
2023 is clearly a great year to be a Warhol fan and to see blockbuster exhibitions beyond Australia’s usual east coast capitals, with the Art Gallery of South Australia showcasing Andy Warhol & photography: social media from Friday March 3 to Sunday May 14.
Pop Masters: Art From the Mugrabi Collection, New York will be on display at HOTA, Home of the Arts, 135 Bundall Road, Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast from Saturday February 18 to Sunday June 4, 2023. Head to the gallery website for more details and tickets.
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