Though much of Andy Warhol’s work—especially that which centers around celebrity, fame, and the access that comes with those constructs—is celebrated for its self-indulgence, the artist was, behind closed doors, a conservationist deeply concerned about the impact of modern human activity on the natural world around us.
As such, and after particular conversations about his concerns with New York art dealers Ronald and Frayda Feldman, in 1983 Warhol set out to memorialize and commemorate animals that were included on the endangered...
During the 1980s, Keith Haring rose to be one of the most prominent artists in the United States with artwork that bridged the gap between the fine art world and the street, creating accessible paintings that could be found at-random as graffiti in New York City subways, building facades and sidewalks just as well as in some of the most renowned galleries in the City—and even, eventually, in his own storefront.
Born to parents who encouraged his artistic sensibilities from a young age in Pennsylvania in 1958, Haring was heavily influenced by the illustrative...
As we’ve covered before on our blog, Andy Warhol’s rising star of fame reached its zenith in the 1960s and ‘70s when he turned his artists’ eye—and paintbrush—toward producing multiple-versioned representations of inescapable American icons. Within these years, he’d create paintings of celebrities including Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon Brando, Marilyn Monroe, Liza Minelli, and countless others, and his work essentially celebrated the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity and advertisement—suggesting that the mass-market, popular landscape in which American culture had grown to be was indeed worthy of canonization. And in depicting celebrities within his pop...
Tom Wesselmann once said about his work, “the prime mission of my art, in the beginning, and continuing still, is to make figurative art as exciting as abstract art.” And indeed, the artist did just that with his high-contrast, highly stylized, primary-color nudes and other depictions of the body he set down in paint, sculpture and collage.
Tom Wesselmann, Nude, 1968
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Roy Fox Lichtenstein was a leading pop artist of the 1960s whose contemporaries included Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and others. Known for referencing comic books, including speech bubbles in his works and for his cutting parodies of modern, bourgeois life—especially its more clichéd elements—Lichtenstein’s work stands out due to its highly graphical style and, as with Warhol, characters lifted from American popular culture. You can read more about Lichtenstein’s life and work in his biography on our blog.