Become a contemporary art collector during quarantine by buying shares in ArtSquare.io’s latest Pop Art listings
The art world was among the first industries to quickly and most efficiently adjust to the new normal induced by the coronavirus crisis. Museums around the world have worked hard to make the experience of art available and accessible online— read our recent article to find a list of the most recent tech-powered exciting initiatives set up by art institutions worldwide. Long-existing and widely-used tools such as viewing rooms and online bidding came to the rescue of the art market to allow art sales to go on with relatively successful results.
ArtSquare.io has been long advocating for a wider application of technology to the art market. More than ever, we need secure and easily accessible digital tools to keep the art industry going and keep it open—to everyone. Our platform is allowing an unprecedented number of people to step foot for the first time in the rather ungraspable world of art sales. At this time of gallery closures and art fairs cancellations, ArtSquare.io lets you start an art collection from the comfort of your home in a few clicks.
We have launched a brand-new version of the platform, with a radically improved user experience. We have paired up two exciting works by Pop Art New York-based iconic Andy Warhol and Keith Haring, available to buy now. And if you just can’t get enough, you can also reserve Digital Art Shares in a profoundly radical conceptual artwork by Arte Povera artist Alighiero Boetti. Keep reading to get acquainted with first and new additions to your digitally-managed contemporary art collection.
Keith Haring’s Untitled (1988)
Keith Haring is one of the key members of a group of avant-garde New York-based artists who took the art world by storm in the 1980s. His work run parallel to that of Jean-Michel Basquiat and Kenny Scharf and engages with a variety of media and techniques, such as drawings, painting, body art, graffiti. Haring produced monumental public works as well as a myriad of sketches and informal works addressing personal and politically charged themes such as the AIDS epidemic, South African apartheid, and the American conservative politics of the 1890s.
ArtSquare.io is listing a quintessential Haring artwork which features the most prominent traits of the artist’s visual style and political agenda. Untitled (1988)—total value € 30,000, with 30,000 Digital Art Shares available at € 1,00 each— is a marker drawing depicting a pair of cartoon-like, silhouetted human figures stacked on top of each other with their arms raised. Both faceless, the figures are characterized by an “X” drawn on their stomachs; the top one is equipped with bat wings. Patterns of short lines surround these silhouettes, as though they were radiating from the moving bodies. In the lower centre, the artist has left his large signature (“K. Haring”) followed by a stamp-like motif of a gun sight or target and the date (“88”). Marked with an “X”, their arms raised in a “don’t shoot gesture”, Haring’s figures declare themselves as targets—of political, social, racial, systemic violence. The stylized gunsight the artist juxtaposes to his signature reinforces such political statement.
The artwork comes with an elaborate multi layer frame which allows for original hangings and looks stunning on a colored wall. Buy DAS now, go see the artwork as soon as the world goes back to normal at Galeries Bartoux, London.
Andy Warhol’s Kiku (1984)
As a giant of contemporary art and the most successful brand in the art market, Pop Art leader Andy Warhol (1928-1987) needs no introduction. His ravishing and hypnotic images of 1960s America’s celebrity and popular culture have influenced a whole generation of artists and keep fetching millions across the global art market.
Beyond his disembodied images of public figures, Warhol repeatedly addressed themes of death, social unrest, and violence within the context of mass media visual culture as well as showing a love for floral motifs. In their simplicity and fragility, and beauty, flowers themselves conceptually and formally to be reproduced in series.
The artist’s lifelong fascination with flowers brought the Gendai Hanga Center in Tokyo to ask him in 1982 to create a series of prints based on the chrysanthemum (‘kiku’ in Japanese), a symbol of Japanese imperial power. This is how his series Kiku was born. Using his signature aesthetics of replication and colour-field patterning, Warhol painted precious golden silhouettes of two overlapping chrysanthemums, slightly transposed at different angles and floating against a bisected background of vibrant aquamarine and violet. ArtSquare.io is listing one screeprint from the Kiku series— total value € 28,000— available in 28,000 Digital Art Shares at € 1,00 each.
Kiku contains all the elements of Warhol’s complex visual and conceptual vocabular: the fascination with the fleeting nature of beauty, death, the vacuity of glamour, and the artist’s innovative take on forms, colors, and formats. This explosive and stunning artwork is a perfect pendant to Haring’s fun, monochromatic cartoon drawing. You have yet another thing to look forward to at the end of lockdown: go see Kiku at the Florence branch of international art gallery Tornabuoni Arte.
Alighiero Boetti’s Una brillante idea (1992)
Alighiero Boetti (Turin, 1940- Rome, 1994) is a key revolutionary figure of Italian contemporary art. A Conceptual artist often associated with the Arte Povera movement, he is best known for his series of embroidered maps and sentences. Boetti created the series of Mappe (Maps) and lettering works between 1971 and 1994. These are works of conceptual art: they were conceived by the artist and executed by groups of anonymous female embroiderers in Afghanistan and Pakistan. ArtSquare.io is listing one of Boetti’s latest lettered embroideries with the sentence “una brillante idea”, which translates as a brilliant idea. In Una brillante idea (1992)—total value € 32,000, available as 32,000 Digital Art Shares at € 1,00 each— Boetti has broken down the sentence into a sequence of single letters arranged from top to bottom in four vertical stripes.The work has all the trademark elements of Boetti’s style: the exploration of the whole color spectrum, the opposition between fulness and void, the element of harmony within disorder.
Boetti’s works are exhibited in the most important museums across the world. The highlight of the artist’s market performance was the record sale of the sculpture Colonna (Column) for € 2,634,450 at Christie’s London’s Italian Sale in October 2014. Only 17.1% of Boetti’s works are still available on the market; in the past ten years, Boetti’s works have registered an increasingly positive trend, with an overall appreciation rate of + 974,3%.
Reserve DAS in Una brillante idea; as soon the sale of the artwork goes live, DAS will be transferred to your Portfolio. Read about Una brillante idea, review, and download its factsheet in the “Upcoming” section of the Listing in your account.