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Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol

Artist Spotlight: Andy Warhol
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There is a small group of artists that have claimed the title of a “household name artist”, an artist that almost everyone has heard of – an artist that is so well known that you can see his or her art in your head by just the mention of a name. Van Gogh, Picasso, Da Vinci, Pollock, and Monet are examples of the limited number of artists that hold that distinction.

“Andy Warhol’s art is as famous and beloved as it was while he was alive, possibly more,” said Jordan Tabach-Bank, owner and CEO of Beverly Loan Company and its sister store New York Loan Company.  “His secondary market is one of the strongest in the art world, which is why we are able to make significant pawn loans on his work.” Andy Warhol fronted the pop art movement that established the market for modern and contemporary art, which Beverly Loan Company specializes in.

Andy Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 to try to make it as a commercial artist. He started freelancing for different advertising companies and was even signed by RCA Records to design promotional materials and design albums. This is where he started experimenting with different styles and using silk screening for paintings. He began exhibiting in the 1950’s and showcased works based on comics and advertisements.

In the 1960s his iconic pop style emerged, which included familiar figures from popular culture and launched the start of his fame. This is when he released the Campbell’s Soup series which enthralled art critics and art lovers. He then moved on to celebrities and immortalized Elizabeth Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Mohammad Ali, Jacqueline Kennedy and many more. Warhol dabbled with all kinds of creative expression; he produced and managed the band The Velvet Underground and became a prolific filmmaker with over 60 films.

Warhol was called the “Pope of Pop” and credited for one of the greatest art movements in modern times. Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, Keith Haring, Jean-Michael Basquiat and Robert Rauschenberg were all successful and important artists that rose to fame during this time period. “We make loans against originals and prints by these artists because of their continued popularity and their strong market,” explains Tabach-Bank.   “Art collectors enjoy owning a piece of the pop art revolution, and take comfort in knowing that their possessions can often result in a six figure pawn loan should they find themselves in a cash crunch. “

In order to obtain a loan on modern or contemporary art with Beverly Loan Company, borrowers need to have sufficient provenance (auction records, certificates of authenticity or appraisals from a reputable company). To inquire about a collateral based loan or to speak with a loan officer, please call 310-275-2555 or email art@beverlyloan.com.

 

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