AMERICAN COOL

AMERICAN COOL is a homage to a group of artists who lived an unique moment, a genuine phase of history which will never be repeated, an era of changes and movements which made of New York a sacred place with a different and modern vision that impacted in all global changes which appeared aftermath. The city of New York during the 80 ́s and 90 ́s was a creative incubator, a city where artist knew and admire each other and where they wanted to stand above the crowd in a period of constant creation in all senses.

During these years Street Art, Neo-Pop or the so called “Pictures Generation” movements flourished. Artists merge with fashion, advertisement, cinema and music. Underground culture electronic music and hip hop emerge. Sexual liberation and AIDS arises and cocaine booms. Those are times of wealth which speed up the modernization that the world cried out. Great political changes that become historical milestones like the Fall of Berlin Wall, the end of some socialist regimes and dictatorships in exchange of neolibertarian and democratic systems. Extraordinary scientific discoveries in the area of telecommunication are developed. The digital world comes up and due to computers new artistic movements spring up reflecting theses changes in the artists’s works. New exhibition spaces in major European and North American cities pop up and resulting in a successful creative period which results in a high sales and a strong demand from these artists.

  Robert Mapplethorpe    Mirror Image,   1987  Two gelatin silver prints with colored mirror  47,2 x 134,7 cm

Robert Mapplethorpe

Mirror Image,  1987

Two gelatin silver prints with colored mirror

47,2 x 134,7 cm

  Andy Warhol    Dollar Sign,     1982  Mixed tecnique on canvas  25 x 20 cm

Andy Warhol

Dollar Sign,  1982

Mixed tecnique on canvas

25 x 20 cm

During the 80's and 90's there is a big development of a high number of collections and art foundations that lead to one of the most succesful and accelerated periods of the art market. The exhibition AMERICAN COOL gathers works from thoses artists that were the idols of that era like Julian Schnabel, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Donald Sultan, John Baldessari, Ross Bleckner, Cindy Sherman, Robert Mappelthorpe and David Salle.

  Donald Sultan    Pomegranate,   1990  Charcoal on paper  57,1 x 75,9 cm 

Donald Sultan

Pomegranate,  1990

Charcoal on paper

57,1 x 75,9 cm 

  Andy Warhol    Querelle,     1982  Acrylic ink and newspaper collage on Lenox museum cardboard  100 x 100 cm

Andy Warhol

Querelle,  1982

Acrylic ink and newspaper collage on Lenox museum cardboard

100 x 100 cm

  Julian Schnabel    Sander,   1992  Oil on cardboard  118 x 169 cm

Julian Schnabel

Sander,  1992

Oil on cardboard

118 x 169 cm

  Ross Bleckner    Specimen,     1993-1994.  Oil and wax on canvas   152,5 x 101,5 cm

Ross Bleckner

Specimen,  1993-1994.

Oil and wax on canvas 

152,5 x 101,5 cm

  Cindy Sherman    Untitled,  1986  Colored print  278 x 357 mm

Cindy Sherman

Untitled, 1986

Colored print

278 x 357 mm

  Keith Haring     Untitled,   1982.  Fluorescent paint and black marker on wood  22,35 x 17,27 cm

Keith Haring

Untitled,  1982.

Fluorescent paint and black marker on wood

22,35 x 17,27 cm

  David Salle    Untitled,     1988  Oil on canvas  61 x 91,5 cm

David Salle

Untitled,  1988

Oil on canvas

61 x 91,5 cm

  John Baldessari    Rollercoaster,   1989  Photogravure with watercolor ink printed on paper Somerset Satin 410G  99 x 171,5 cm

John Baldessari

Rollercoaster,  1989

Photogravure with watercolor ink printed on paper Somerset Satin 410G

99 x 171,5 cm