Within a few years the Gerald Hartinger Fine Arts gallery has made a name for itself far beyond the borders of Austria. Today it hosts one of the most relevant pop art collections in Europe. The focus of the gallery is the classic US Pop Art of iconic artists like Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and Tom Wesselmann, and Neo-Pop Art works by Keith Haring, Steve Kaufman, Burton Morris and shooting star Romero Britto. Furthermore, probably unique in Europe, the works of Ringo Starr can be found in their possession.
The Gerald Hartinger gallery is aimed at everyone interested in art. This is made possible by an international network with the proper contacts and extensive knowledge of the market and matter to get customers and prospects together at each stage of the acquisition - from research and expertise to sales and transfer. As for the art investment, beside the very stable and profitable assets the emotional value should be considered as well: The power of a work of art to touch us again and again, to - as Picasso said so beautiful - wipe the dust of everyday life from our soul.
Gerald Hartinger accumulated more than two decades of art, especially works of American Pop Art. His passion for the work of today's icons like Warhol, Wesselmann, Lichtenstein and Haring were sparked by numerous museum and gallery visits in Soho and Chelsea. New York, Miami, Los Angeles and Philadelphia: Hartingers relationship with the United States in his youth was at least as strong as that with his home country. When his Styrian compatriot Arnold Schwarzenegger, who was magnetically attracted as Gerald Hartinger to the American way of life, acquired works of Romero Britto, a small circle was closed. After all Hartinger represents the Brazilian Neo-Pop Art shooting star Britto exclusively in Austria and presents him regularly in exhibitions.
Hartingers relation to Pop Art is as instinctive as biographic. A substantial part of his childhood and adolescence has made it into those works, with whom he now, decades later, surrounds himself in his downtown Vienna gallery in the Seilergasse: Steve Kaufman, James Dean, Andy Warhol, Mick Jagger, Marilyn, Elvis, Muhammad Ali. Between them portraits of Ringo Starr, which the Beatles fan Hartinger could not let go by.
Gerald Hartinger has also worked for more than a quarter century in the gem trade. Trustworthiness, a rich network of contacts and the enthusiasm for co-operations combine these two spheres. He is supported by his son and two daughters in the gallery.