Pop Art at the Beurs van Berlage and Beyond

Meet some of my favourite artists.

Written by Craig Berry
Designer & Writer

Keith Haring: Pop Shop Painting
Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans – 1962
Andy Warhol: Marilyn — 1967
Andy Warhol: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – 1985
Tom Wesselmann: Still Life No.35 – 1963
Keith Haring: Pop Shop Paintings – ca. 1986
Keith Haring: NY Subway Graffiti – ca. 1978/1982
Keith Haring: NY Subway Graffiti News Report – ca.1980/1982

“Here’s the philosophy behind the Pop Shop: I wanted to continue this same sort of communication as with the subway drawings. I wanted to attract the same wide range of people, and I wanted it to be a place where, yes, not only collectors could come, but also kids from the Bronx.”

Keith Haring: Pop Shop – 1986

“Of all the people I met, Andy made the biggest impression on me. He was the one who actually enabled me to focus on art. He was the first artist who helped me be an artist for the people.”

(Left to Right) Keith Haring: Pop Shop Paintings – ca. 1986/Best Buddies – 1990/Andy Mouse – 1986/Pop Shop Paintings – ca. 1986
Keith Haring: Crack is Wack – 1986 (restored 2007)
Keith Haring: Berlin Wall Mural — 1986
Keith Haring: Stedelijk Museum Exhibition Poster – 1986

“With his work in public spaces, Keith tried to speak to the community directly. He saw the mural as a gift to the residents, to enhance their sense of belonging. It is up to the city of Amsterdam to bring this hidden treasure back to life.”

Keith Haring: Amsterdam Mural – ca. 1986
Keith Haring: Stedelijk Museum Exhibition Interview – 1986
Keith Haring: Igorance = Fear – 1989
Uniqlo/SPRZ NY x Keith Haring Collaboration
Keith Haring Google Doodle – 2012
UK Change 4 Life Campaign: NHS
Keith Haring: Radiant Baby – Circa 1980
Roy Lichtenstein: Oh, Jeff…I Love You, Too…But.. – 1964/Ohhh…Alright… – 1964
(Left to Right) Roy Lichtenstein : Crying Girl – 1963/Reverie – 1965/The Oval Office – 1992/Two Nudes – 1994
Roy Lichtenstein – As I Opened Fire (Triptych) – 1966
Supreme Roy Lichtenstein Collaboration – 2006
D*Face: Dont Look Back – 2013/2014
D*Face: Hollywood Boom – ca. 2014
(Left to Right) Comic Book Illustration, Girls’ Romances/Roy Lichtenstein: In The Car – 1963/D*Face: Going Nowhere Fast – ca. 2013

“The one thing I felt about pop art is it didn’t ever have a strong underlying tone to it- it could just be anything and everything. I definitely felt like that about Roy Lichtenstein’s work, it didn’t really have a voice as such that was trying to articulate a view. For me it was much more a celebration, and that’s what I’ve tried to bring forward in my work. When I’m working illegally on the streets taking over a billboard, I’m using the exact methods and mediums which are used to sell products.”

I actually prefer D*Face’s style and work over Roy Lichtenstein’s but I think that is down to a generation thing–my generation are definitely into graffiti and street art and have a greater acceptance of this style of art over traditional galleries, seeing it as a fully legitimate style of art. Also, to me, D*Face’s work is way more graphic in terms of it being bolder and stronger but also through his use of skulls and death, there’s just more to look at and read into. To me it’s just way more interesting but its good to see where his inspiration comes from and how he interprets this.

D*Face: You’re Dead to Me – 2014

Don’t call it a comeback, I’ve been here for years.