Recognizable by name and respected for their invaluable contribution, the artists featured in Icons & Vandals have subverted the contemporary art world throughout the 20th and 21st centuries. Categorized by their emergence, whether through normative or non-normative means, these artists have distinguished themselves through disruption. Icons & Vandals seeks to celebrate and highlight monumental works by notable innovators.
With artwork spanning 60 years, Icons & Vandals features art-world agitators from across the globe. Modern Masters—such as Alex Katz and Frank Stella—challenged the status quo through aesthetic and technical innovation. While Pop Art icons—like Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol—mined ‘low-brow’ culture and transformed it into fine art. Contemporary Neo-Pop legends—such as Takashi Murakami and Yoshitomo Nara—re-explore the conceptual underpinnings of Pop through the lens of global contemporary culture while pushing the visual language of the movement even further. Contemporary Chinese Artists—like Ai WeiWei and Zhang Xiaogang—critique their country’s collectivist society on a global scale.