Gold Coast’s HOTA, Home of the Arts has unveiled the world premiere exhibition, Pop Masters: Art from the Mugrabi Collection, New York, which opened 18 February 2023.

From the private collection of prominent art collector Jose Mugrabi, the first international exhibition is to be presented at the new HOTA Gallery, celebrating the origins and on-going legacy of Pop Art.

The exhibition presents more than 50 works never-before-seen in Australia by 15 legendary and renowned artists including Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Tom Wesselmann, and more. The collection highlights the intersections in the lives, ideas, and practices of this significant group of artists, many of whom either knew each other, collaborated, or have been influenced by the work of another.

The exhibition explores six decades of Pop Art in conversation with contemporary artists at the forefront of the genre today.

More than 20 works by Andy Warhol will introduce visitors to the exhibition, including iconic portraits such as Sixteen Jackies (1964), Mao (1973), Dolly Parton (1985), Flowers (1964-65) and his deeply personal painting, Cross (1982). Works from Keith Haring include a significant large-scale work featuring his iconic dancing dogs Untitled (1981). Jean-Michel Basquiat is represented by eight works including the iconic painting New York, New York (1981) and a collaboration between Warhol and Basquiat (1984-85). Other famed contemporary works are also showcased.

Tourism Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said Pop Masters would be a great cultural addition to the Gold Coast visitor economy and to the Queensland lifestyle: “As an exclusive, world premiere exhibition featuring original works of the giants of Pop Art, this is a major destination event for the Gold Coast and Queensland.”

“The Gold Coast is the only place in the southern hemisphere to experience the unique art and culture of 1970s and 80s New York in one blockbuster collection.”

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