Life of an artist as a young man: Warhol, Hockney and Kiefer

Poster early expo David Hockney in the Rotterdam Boymans Museum (1970)

Poster early gallery debut of Anselm Kiefer (Rotterdam, 1974)


Collections of printed material often contain surprises. You’re confronted by great design or fascinating cover art. Sometimes you’ll find that someone very famous was involved in making those images, like Andy Warhol. A small museum or a local gallery showed work of an unknown artist, like David Hockney or Anselm Kiefer. Off course this early material of great talents is rarely found: nobody thought much of it at the time and most of the posters, brochures, leaflets and magazines were thrown out. But off course for the real collector this printed matter is very important. It offers insight in the development of a young talent, the growth of genius.
The Time cover of 29 january 1965 is a fine example. A groundbreaking article about the influence of teenagers in the US inspired Andy Warhol to put portraits in his signature style on the cover. He used photos of the teenage kids of Time employees to do this and in doing so found what he wanted to show: the truthful images of the young people whose culture and opinions would dominate the sixties and seventies.



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Klaas Kornaat is freelance historicus, in te huren voor publicaties, exposities, educatieve projecten, websites, lezingen en diverse activiteiten op historisch terrein.


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