From July 14th to 17th, Zeit Contemporary Art presents a curated booth focusing on Andy Warhol and Keith Haring at the Hamptons Fine Art Fair in Southampton, NY. A preview of the presentation is avaialble online.
Putting Warhol and Haring in conversation with one another depicts the evolution of Pop Art throughout the late 20th century and the way in which the two artists mutually influence and learn from one another’s art. While Andy Warhol was one of the artists that established Pop Art as a disruptive movement in the 1960s, Keith Haring is of a second Pop generation, whose work arose from the underground street art scene in the late 1970s. The art of both Warhol and Haring is driven by a determination to undertake a journey of progress, which has made their work hold up in the zeitgeist of each new decade. Warhol set the stage for artists to embark on their own radical journey and paved the way for Haring’s graffiti style to be recognized as legitimate art. The two met in 1982 when photographer Christopher Makos brought Haring to Warhol’s studio, the Factory. The selected works by Warhol and Haring generate a dialogue that reflects their mutual influence on one another and relevance in the Pop Art Movement. While the artists’ oeuvre differ in style, they share many similarities, such as their dedication to connect with people through art, expand the realm for what high art could look like, reflect on the iconic status of images in a world populated by mass media, and last but not least, they introduced art as a form of business.
The presentation includes paintings, screenprints and photographs. Amongst the work on display is the complete portfolio Icons created by Keith Haring in 1990, his final masterpiece in printmaking before his tragic death of AIDS. Haring’s Icons is a series of five screenprints with embossing depicting seemingly unrelated characters reflecting on issues related to life, death, greed, and innocence. While the images each tell their own story individually, together they reflect on the entirety of the human experience, reading as a reflective farewell from Haring himself. Pop Shop IV (1989) is another one of Haring’s complete suites on display by Zeit Contemporary Art, featuring some of the same icons as the former work that have become emblematic of the artist after his death, such as the barking dog and the radiant baby.
As for Warhol, in addition to his famous renditions of the cow that made their debut in the form of wallpaper in 1966 at the Leo Castelli Gallery, there will be on display two of his paintings from the 1980s, Candy Box (1980) and Valentine’s Hearts Ad (Heart Fund) (1983), which reflect on the experience of friendship and love in a key moment in the artist’s life. A number of his Polaroids will also be featured, including his iconic Bananas (1978,) as well screenprints such as Birmingham Race Riot (1964), a black and white work related to his “Death and Disaster’s” series which features newsworthy images of violence such as plane crashes, suicides, and nuclear bombs, commenting on the public’s desensitization to the reality of violence in the world.
Join Zeit Contemporary Art for the Bastille Day-themed Vernissage party on July 14th at 5 PM benefitting Guild Hall as we celebrate this opening with a timely Francophile theme. The party includes complimentary French wines/tastings and French hors d’oeuvres, provided by the fair’s talented onsite chefs, The Plaza Café, Flatliners, and MF Events. There will also be live music by the uber-popular French recording star Chloe Perrier and the French Heart Jazz Band.
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About Zeit Contemporary Art
Founded in 2016, Zeit Contemporary Art is a firm specializing in modern, post-war and contemporary art, located at 590 Madison Avenue, 21st Floor, New York, NY 10022. Its mission is deeply committed to the understanding of art as a complex cultural object that defines the time and space where it is created. Zeit Contemporary Art organizes four carefully curated projects a year both on contemporary artists and historically focused projects and participates in key art fairs devoted to art of the 20th and 21st centuries. Additionally, the firm represents the work of pioneering artists and provide a unique service of private sales of museum quality works.