Pop Art at the Beurs van Berlage and Beyond

Meet some of my favourite artists.

Written by Craig Berry
Former Junior Designer at VBAT | Superunion

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Keith Haring: Pop Shop Painting
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Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans – 1962
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Andy Warhol: Marilyn — 1967
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Andy Warhol: Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands – 1985
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Tom Wesselmann: Still Life No.35 – 1963
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Keith Haring: Pop Shop Paintings – ca. 1986
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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.”

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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.”

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

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

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D*Face: You’re Dead to Me – 2014

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