Long-Sharp Gallery is pleased to announce our latest exhibit, "New York, New York". Showcasing pieces from the gallery’s blue-chip inventory, this exhibit highlights original works by Roy Lichtenstein, Jean-Michael Basquiat, Keith Haring, and Andy Warhol -- all of whom set the tone and creative direction for New York’s art scene in the 1960s, '70s and '80s. A peek into the exhibit will transport the viewer to a time of graffiti, pop art, and radical political commentary. The exhibit then comes back to the present, as the gallery welcomes up-and-coming New York artist Edward Holland. The event will also celebrate the launch of Long-Sharp Gallery’s new project space in none other than the Big Apple. The reception will be held on March 4th from 6:00-9:00 PM during the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association’s First Friday event.
Prior to his international fame, the native Manhattanite pop art legend Roy Lichtenstein was influenced by advertisements and comic books early in his career. He became known for his bold colors, thick lines, and use of comic strips in his works.
Born in Brooklyn, Jean-Michel Basquiat began his career as a graffiti artist. He later became a part of the neo-expressionist movement in the early 80s by commenting on racism, poverty, drugs, and political movements through his artwork.
After moving to New York, Keith Haring also became known for his pop art and social activism, by utilizing bold lines and vivid colors in his chalk drawings and graffiti on the NYC subways and streets. His work commented on political issues and views concerning the Berlin Wall, AIDS awareness, and the cocaine epidemic.
American legend Andy Warhol moved to NYC after graduating from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology, where he studied commercial art. After he relocated, Warhol began painting daily objects of mass production, such as Campbell’s Soup cans and Coke bottles, as well as silkscreen prints of famous personalities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley. Warhol also mass-produced his work when he founded The Factory in 1962, an art studio where his employees manufactured his prints and posters. Up until his death in 1987, Warhol’s art conveyed the impact of media on the American civilization and commented on the culture of television and commercialism.
Last but not least, the exhibit will feature the works of young New York artist Edward Holland. Influenced by collage artists such as Robert Rauschenberg, Holland works on paper and canvas, adding found objects to his compositions.