22nd May - 13th June
Gormleys Fine Art presents an exhibition of works by two of the world’s most loved pop artists Andy Warhol & Keith Haring; the first exhibition of its kind to be held in Ireland.
The exhibition features over 20 important works, which include Warhol’s Iconic portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Mick Jagger & Chairman Mao along with a number of Haring’s famous 1986-1989 'Pop Shop' works.
Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was an American artist and a leading figure in the 1960’s pop art movement. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s. Some of his best-known works include the silkscreen paintings of Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and his Marilyn Munroe Diptych (1962) which hangs in the Tate Modern in London.
Today Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art, and has influenced generations of artists including Haring, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Gerhard Richter, Jeff Koons, Damien Hirst & Banksy.
Keith Haring (1958-1990) was an American artist whose pop art emerged from the New York City graffiti subculture of the 1980s. His animated imagery has become a widely recognized visual language, combining the appeal of cartoons with the raw energy of Art Brut artists like Jean DuBuffet.
Haring was a great collaborator and worked closely with like-minded artists such as Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat. All were interested in creating art for the many. Haring also designed record covers for RUN DMC and David Bowie, directed a music video for Grace Jones and developed a fashion line with Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood.
Haring, who was a major campaigner for HIV/AIDS awareness, tragically died prematurely aged 31 from AIDS-related complications. Luckily, he created 10,000-plus pieces of art that would define his legacy and inspire generations to come.
Warhol and Haring formed a unique friendship & bond during the 1980’s New York art scene. Both were introverts, craved acceptance and were openly gay/ bisexual at a time when most of the LGBT community kept their sexuality behind closed doors. Warhol first acted as a mentor to Haring and later they collaborated closely together. They shared the same philosophy on art; to break down the barriers between high and low art and make art that is accessible to all.
Key Warhol works in the exhibition include his stunning monochrome ‘Mickey Mouse’ (FS II.265) from his 1981 ‘Myths’ portfolio and his 1975 portraits of Mick Jagger, which are signed by both Warhol & Jagger. Also featured are a number of his iconic portraits including Marilyn Munroe, Chairman Mao & Ingrid Bergman.
Haring works that are included are his spectacular ‘Medusa Head,’ measuring a huge 250 cm x 140 cm; one of the largest works Haring ever completed. Also featured are a series of his most iconic and sought after ‘Pop Shop’ works completed between 1986-89 and just before his premature death in 1990.
The exhibition runs from 22nd May- 13th June at Gormleys Fine Art, 27 South Frederick Street, Dublin 2.
Admission is free and there is no need to book in advance. To ensure your safety, all public health measures will be in place and we ask you to adhere to these.
Our opening times are Monday- Saturday from 10am- 5:30 pm.