Banal motifs in bright, clear colours, shrill, colourful and kitschy; two-dimensional, oversized and illustrative. The modern art movement has thoroughly dusted off the elitist art scene and made art easily accessible to everyone with its gaudy presentation of everyday objects, consumer products, advertising, stars and comics. In our international art gallery you will find original graphics, works on paper and canvas as well as sculptures by renowned Pop Art artists such as Alex Katz, Allen Jones, Andy Warhol, Damien Hirst, James Rosenquist, Jeff Koons, Julian Opie, Keith Haring, Mel Ramos, Richard Orlinski, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Russell Young, Takashi Murakami, Tom Wesselmann and many more.
Pop Art – About art and consumption
Pop Art is one of the most important art movements of Contemporary Art in the second half of the 20th century: it has had a major impact not only on the art world, but also on advertising, graphic design and fashion. The art movement developed in the post-war years in Great Britain and the USA in parallel as a reaction to Expressionism and the emphatically intellectual abstract art. Pop Art experienced international recognition and its peak in the 1960s.
The often trivial motifs originate from popular culture, the media and advertising: torn from their original context and depicted in an alienated way, their actual meaning changes: Pop Art elevates what is suitable for the masses to art. From bizarre to critical, such well-known Pop Art artists as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann have combined art and everyday life and interpreted contemporary life. Their aim was to hold a mirror up to the culture.
For us Pop Art is an art form with an incredible range of creative potential – it is wild, unvarnished and wonderfully ironic. Above all, however, Pop Art is proof that art is not elitist, but accessible to everyone.
Pop Art – The impersonal art
The clear images, the reduced colouring – often only primary colours are used – and the lack of any depth of field are the most important elements of Pop Art. The most popular form of representation was the serial sequence of motifs, which dealt with the mass production of the industrial age. Therefore, reproduction techniques such as screen printing and offset were among the most popular techniques of Pop Art. Other frequently used techniques and media were painting, graphics, collage, photomontage, sculptures, objects and installations. Materials such as acrylic paint, plastic and synthetic resin foam were mainly used for the implementation.
The sober, detached, impersonal representation typical of Pop Art works of art is due to the perfection of the painting technique: brushstrokes that betray the artist’s personality are not recognizable. The striking, two-dimensional and illustrative painting style is contrasted with an almost exuberant, expressive colorfulness – the pop effect of Pop Art.
The most important Pop Art artists
Probably the best known and most influential representative of Pop Art is without doubt Andy Warhol: his paintings are among the most expensive ever sold. As one of the most important Pop Art galleries in Europe, our portfolio includes works of art by many other Pop Art greats, including Alex Katz, Allen Jones, Damien Hirst, James Rosenquist, Jeff Koons, Julian Opie, Keith Haring, Mel Ramos, Richard Orlinski, Robert Indiana, Roy Lichtenstein, Russell Young, Takashi Murakami, Tom Wesselmann, and many others.
Last but not least the only German Pop Artist Heiner Meyer.