Introducing visitors to this sensationally electrifying space is a collection of over twenty works by Andy Warhol, from Sixteen Jackies (1964), Mao (1973), Dolly Parton (1985) to Together with Flowers (1964-65) and Cross (1982). After all, who better to do so than the artist who is regarded by many as not only establishing the Pop art space but as still having a significant influence on many of its artists up until the present day? This is a lasting message throughout the exhibition, which both celebrates the cultural impact of these trailblazers and turn to their enduring influences to chart the future.
Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York celebrates the history of Pop art, whilst examining its influence on art and artists today. “We wanted to explore the intersections in their lives, ideas and practices of this significant group of artists,” states Tracy Cooper-Lavery HOTA’s Director for Visual Arts. This is an aspiration, reflected in the gallery’s layout, “which sees these incredible artworks in dialogue with one another.”
Spanning 60 years of Pop art, with fifty of the works introduced to Australia for the first time, the showcase also boasts an arresting collection of works. Sourced from one of the world’s most esteemed art collectors Jose Mugrabi and by fifteen artists altogether such as; Tom Wesselmann, Kwesi Botchwey, George Condo, Damien Hirst, Jeff Koons, Joel Mesler, Richard Prince, Tom Sacks and Julian Schnabel. All figures who have not only singularly contributed their own idiosyncratic perspectives to the Pop art scene, but collectively worked to turn it into an instrumental art movement.