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“The Mission” – Ole Ahlberg’s Cultured Twist on a Comic Classic
POP International Galleries SoHo to Host Bold International Artist’s New Show
New York, NY (October 3, 2013) --- On Wednesday, October 30th, renowned international artist and provocateur, Ole Ahlberg will host his first New York City solo show featuring a racy collection titled “The Mission” at POP International Galleries, the preeminent pop art gallery in New York City. The show, a subject of recent controversy, will feature a major grouping of Ahlberg’s new work, and will give art lovers a rare opportunity to meet and acquire new paintings, limited edition prints and sculpture from this iconic and well collected Danish artist. “The Mission”, among other subjects, features famed comic book characters from Herge’s Adventures of Tintin series, reflecting Ahlberg’s uncompromising and provocative, signature tongue in cheek style. “The Mission”, where Tintin meets Ole Ahlberg's femmes’ fatales, is an inviting, challenging and controversial, must-see exhibition, which is set to leave a lasting impression on viewers and collectors alike.
While a “The Mission” is among other things, a compilation of suggestive paintings, featuring scantily-clad women poking fun at Herge’s famous Tintin, the paintings remain true to the sophisticated nature and profound mastery of the artist, with Ahlberg never allowing his works to become too lewd or carnal in nature, but somehow always facilitating for viewers a fun and humorous path to the subtext in each painting, allowing them to create suggestive stories for themselves.
“The opportunity to see these technically, incredible and overtly humorous art works promises for a truly a memorable experience, which makes me realize it is the guests I am most excited for,” said Jeff Jaffe, owner, POP International Galleries. “Besides the satirical nature of the show, what I love most about the collection is the way the audience will truly feel the fun Alhberg had himself, while creating these masterful paintings. Along with the stories one finds oneself creating in one’s own head, thanks to the familiar characters he uses, no matter your taste, you’ll no doubt smile and come to hold a great appreciation for Ole Ahlberg’s remarkable talent.”
Evolving over recent years to feature a more distinct and centralized style, Ole Ahlberg’s artwork boasts an increasingly significant international audience. Ahlberg’s road to fame (and infamy) has evolved using Herge’s famous comic book characters, such as Tintin and Captain Haddock, framing them in a new artistic context, angering some, while thoroughly entertaining others.
Ole Ahlberg's femmes’ fatales, erotic? You bet!
About POP International Galleries
POP International Galleries is at the forefront of the POP art movement with two unique art galleries in New York City, with its flagship gallery located on West Broadway in the heart of SoHo and a Midtown location on 53rd Street and Lexington Avenue; as well as the newly launched POPuk, an online only version of the legendary gallery in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1997 by Jeff Jaffe, POP International specializes in Pop Art, graphic art, urban art, sculpture, photography, and art that is derived from or influenced by popular culture. As the only street level Pop Art gallery in SoHo, with an impressive roster of highly regarded artists, both emerging and famed, Pop International Galleries is a great source for all collectors and art admirers. POP International Galleries also believes that an educational component is vital to collectors and the community at large. Events at the gallery often include guest lectures and discussions, screenings and slide shows as well as charitable tie-ins, making POP International Galleries very much a part of the community at large. For more information visit www.popInternational.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.