Andy Warhol Ads Portfolio

Ads Andy Warhol

Warhol produced the Ads portfolio two years before his death in 1985. Commissioned by Feldman Fine Arts, the suite is comprised of 10 limited edition screen prints on Lennox Museum Board. It includes works titled AppleBlackglama (Judy Garland)ChanelLife SaversMobilParamountRebel Without a Cause (James Dean)The New Spirit (Donald Duck)Van Heusen (Ronald Reagan) and Volkswagen. In many ways this highly collectible series epitomises Warhol. A series of images depicting the icons of American consumer culture, celebrated in vivid technicolour, this is pure Pop Art.

The Ads portfolio is an acclaimed series and a catalogue of Warhol’s interests across his career. Its subjects cover film, celebrity, glamour, fashion, television and advertising. By turning mass media imagery into art, Warhol elevated the everyday, celebrating the democratisation of popular consumer culture. As the artist himself once said, “what’s great about this country is America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.”

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