2C for ART

Andy Warhol, Heiner Meyer, Florian Fausch, 3Steps, Roy Lichtenstein , Keith Haring, Julian Khol, Ian Davenport

Luxembourg Art Week

POSITIONS - The International Art Fair

Andy Warhol, Heiner Meyer, Florian Fausch, 3Steps, Roy Lichtenstein , Keith Haring, Julian Khol, Ian Davenport

Keith Haring’s work has seen a renaissance in recent years with the rise of street art. Haring was the first artist to present his work in the New York clubs, on the streets, and on empty placards on the New York subway. On the other hand, Haring’s work was strongly influenced by graffiti. His style is characterized by simplicity, clarity and speed. With great energy and assertiveness, Haring was able to attract attention, especially through his allegorical figures. In 1988 Haring’s “bright world” began to darken due to his AIDS illness. Being affected by the illness himself, Haring hurled tirelessly and obsessively into his artistic work before he died in 1990 at the age of only 31 years.

Works by Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, the most famous representatives of Pop Art, are also part oft he exhibition. Lichtenstein’s Crak! from the year 1964 was his only second limited edition print he realized, many more should follow. Crak! remains an example for his work: in his own and unmistakable visual language, he adopts the grid points, black outlines, powerful colors, immaculate faces and the speech bubble with the comic scenes.

Andy Warhol is the epitome and the icon of pop art, this year marks the 30th anniversary of his death. It can be argued that Andy Warhol has initiated a revolution in art history. Through the use of screen printing he duplicated his motifs, varied them in different color combinations and created reproducible and affordable art for everyone. Part of the exhibition are some of his world-famous icons of the 20th century: Flowers and Campbell’s Soups.

3Steps is a street art collective, founded in 1998. The 3 members were all born in 1980, they live and work in Gießen, Germany. The works of 3Steps have developed from Mural Art and Street Art. The collective paints colorful neo pop images on facades and murals as well as several kinds of paintable media in the studio. The body of work of 3Steps contains mural art, street art, paintings on wood and canvas, photographs, screenprints as well as sculptures and installations.

Julian Khol studied at the University for Applied Arts in Vienna with Prof. Ludwig Attersee from 2004. From 2007 to 2010 he graduated from the master class with Herbert Brandl in Dusseldorf with the master student award. Khol’s expressive, figurative style was influenced, among others, by the Vienna School of Schiele, or Hrdlicka, as well as from America of the 50s. His works move on the line between figuration and abstraction. They provide raw power, impish clarity of motifs and colors. The painted object mediates between solid color and perspective and opens up the space into three dimensions. In recent years he reorientatated to very graphic and figurative works. The color does not longer dominate but takes only a smaller space as in the beginning of his artistic career.

Heiner Meyer’s works often deal with luxury goods and investigate the iconisation of people and objects. He glorifies the dream of life by placing stars in pose and elevating the glamor of his paintings by means of status symbols. The game with the facets of desire and lust are recurring motifs in the paintings that deliberately incorporate familiar pictorial quotes. The plethora of images in the media world sparks far-reaching chains of associations that elicit the mostly only vague impression of having already been seen, whether actually experienced in person or just seen / heard / read in the media.