From soup cans to Superman – Pop Art Pioneers Dublin exhibit

by Gazette Reporter
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A major exhibition by four of America’s most influential pop artists is set to impress art lovers in Dublin. 

Pop Art Pioneers, which will showcase works by Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring and Robert Indiana, will take place at Gormleys Dublin from February 25 – March 18.

The exhibition will feature several of Warhol’s famous portraits and Campbell’s Soup Cans, Lichtenstein’s monumental The Den, Haring’s bold graphic designs and Indiana’s iconic LOVE artworks.

In addition to showcasing the artists’ individual styles and techniques, the exhibition will explore the historical and cultural context in which they worked, highlighting how their art reflected and commented on the society of their time.   

Key works include Warhol’s 1981 Superman, an original silkscreen finished with diamond dust, valued at €295,000. 

Taken from Warhol’s Myths portfolio, it depicts the superhero from an original image by D.C. Comics. 

Myths comprises ten works which portray some of the most iconic fictional characters from the 20th century, from Mickey Mouse to Uncle Sam. 

Warhol viewed these as essential components of American culture and, interestingly, included his own portrait in the series.

A collection of 12 signed screen prints from the iconic Robert Indiana Love series, valued at €190,000 for the set, is set to feature at the Pop Art Pioneers exhibit at Gormleys Dublin from February 25 – March 18. See Gormleys.ie for more information.

Warhol’s Grace Kelly, one of his most sought-after celebrity portraits, will also be on display. 

Here, Warhol captures the elegance, poise and beauty of the iconic American movie star and Princess of Monaco.

Eight works by Keith Haring feature, including four from his most loved and recognised series Pop Shop. These depict the artist’s signature style with his bold graphic iconography, combined with vibrant colours.

Several of Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE artworks, originally commissioned by MOMA in 1965, also feature. 

Of note in this Indiana collection is Book Of Love: a complete set of 12 signed screen prints with accompanying poems. 

The complete set is valued at €190,000 or available individually from €16,000.

Pop art emerged in the 1950s and 1960s as a reaction to the seriousness and elitism of abstract expressionism.  

Roy Lichtenstein, The Den, 146.3×181.8cm, woodcut and screenprint an 4-ply paper, signed and numbered. This piece is set to feature at the Pop Art Pioneers exhibit at Gormleys Dublin from February 25 – March 18. See Gormleys.ie for more information.

These artists sought to create art that was accessible to a wider audience by incorporating imagery from popular culture, such as celebrities, advertisements, comic books and consumer products. 

“Pop art had a major impact on the art world, as it challenged traditional notions of what art should be and who it should be for,” said James Gormley of Gormleys.

“It continues to be an important influence on contemporary art and culture, with many artists still drawing inspiration from its themes and techniques.

“This is a rare opportunity to see the works of these iconic American pop artists in one place and to gain a deeper understanding of their significance and impact on the art world.”

The exhibition will be on view in Gormleys Dublin, from February 25 – March 18, and is free to the public. See Gormleys.ie for more information. 

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