It’s long been a dream of his to present pop art to Hong Kong, says Demblum—and he’s about to present his biggest exhibition ever: a show featuring the works of legendary New York street artists Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring and Kenny Scharf, which will open at Opera Gallery on April 1, 2022.
The three were key members of New York’s neo-expressionism movement, which emerged in the 1970s. An Andy Warhol protégé, Basquiat was a graffiti artist, poet and musician—though decades after his passing, he remains best known for his radical paintings, many of which explored sociopolitical issues. Haring was famed for his spontaneous, large-scale murals on subway walls. Scharf’s futuristic creations spanned different mediums—from sculptures to performance art—and he was also known for using pop culture icons in his work. Activism was a frequent theme in the works of the three artists, who were instrumental in making art accessible at a time when it was widely considered to be for the elite.
“Basquiat, Haring and Scharf, both friends and rivals, fought against the elitism of art, racism and disease,” says Demblum. “I curated it in a way that the show is a conversation between the artists.”