Opera Gallery brings in works from Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat at exhibition American Icons

The works of art-world giants Robert Indiana, Andy Warhol and Jean-Michel Basquiat are on display at Opera Gallery.

American Icons, which marks the international gallery’s 25th anniversary, brings together about 50 works worth nearly $60 million from some of the biggest names in American art.

It runs until May 12 at the gallery in Singapore’s Ion Orchard mall.

The works, which are for sale and have been shipped in from Opera’s galleries around the world, range from Indiana’s iconic Love sculpture (1966 to 2000) to Warhol’s Kimiko Powers (1972), made of acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas. Some pieces have already been bagged by collectors.

Opera Gallery, which focuses on modern and contemporary art, was founded in Paris in 1994.

It opened a gallery in Singapore that same year and, today, has 13 galleries around the world in cities such as Geneva, Hong Kong, London, Monaco and Seoul.

People who have never stepped into the gallery might remember its outdoor art displays.

During the Formula One motor racing seasons last year and in 2017, Opera Gallery showcased sculptures by South American artist Pablo Atchugarry and Spanish artist Manolo Valdes respectively along Orchard Road.

The gallery’s Asia-Pacific director Stephane Le Pelletier says: “There has been a lot of interest in American icons for the past few years. A good way to celebrate our 25th anniversary is to have an exhibition that appeals to the general public.”

Interest from Singaporean collectors has grown since 1994, he adds.

“At the beginning, 15 to 20 per cent of those visiting (the gallery) and buying were Singaporean. Today, it’s almost 55 per cent… Art has become an alternative investment for a lot of people.”

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Five works to see

  • Love by Robert Indiana

    Love (1966 to 2000)

    Robert Indiana's Love is one of the most recognisable Pop images of the 20th century.

    Indiana, who died last year, created this particular sculpture out of polychrome aluminium.

    Love was originally designed as a Christmas card commissioned by The Museum of Modern Art in 1965, co-opted as a symbol of 1960s idealism, and has appeared in a range of forms such as prints, paintings and sculptures.

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This article was originally published in The Straits Times.

Photos: Opera Gallery

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