Andy Warhol

Brillo (1970)

About this artwork

The British-born artist and curator John Coplans organised a retrospective of Warhol’s work at the Pasadena Art Museum in 1970. “The exhibition concentrates on the serial aspects of Warhol’s art…” and this poster advertising the exhibition is based on one of Warhol’s most recognisable ‘serials’ – his Brillo-Boxes. However the familiar white, red and blue original colour scheme has been radically altered to green, blue and yellow. Warhol created his first box sculpture in 1962, producing a three-dimensional version of Campbell’s packaging before moving on to create Kellogg’s and Del Monte boxes. They were manufactured out of plywood before being screenprinted with each design. Specifically for the Pasadena exhibition one hundred extra Brillo-Boxes were created.

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  • title: Brillo
  • accession number: AR00417
  • artist: Andy WarholAmerican (1928 - 1987)
  • gallery: In Storage
  • object type: Work on paper
  • medium: Screenprint on paper
  • date created: 1970
  • measurements: 75.80 x 65.80 cm
  • credit line: ARTIST ROOMS National Galleries of Scotland and Tate. Acquired jointly through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
  • copyright: © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2016.
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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born 'Andrew Warhola' to Slovakian immigrant parents living in Pittsburgh in America. Warhol's subject matter was taken from popular culture, in the form of advertising, comics, magazines and packaging. He was able to produce his works quickly by transferring images onto canvas or paper through photography and screenprinting, sometimes with the help of assistants. Warhol stated that he wanted to make works that showed no trace of having been produced by hand. His interest in mass production reflected the fast-developing consumer culture he recognised in America. His New York studio, 'The Factory,' became a popular meeting place for artists, drop-outs, celebrities and bands.