Brillo by Andy Warhol - Screen Print 1970

Brillo Box Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol’s celebrated Brillo Box sculptures perfectly encapsulate the spirit of the burgeoning Pop Art movement in America and exemplify key concepts that would come to define Warhol’s oeuvre. America witnessed major economic development in the post-war period. Concurrent with this was a boom in advertising and consumerism. It was in this context that Pop Art was born. Warhol found inspiration in the products that characterised everyday life; Coca-Cola bottles, Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills and Brillo soap pads. In a decisive break with the artistic traditions of the past, he elevated these banal objects, transforming them into high art. He was fascinated by their democratic power and the way in which they defined the American consumer experience, famously stating: “A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it.” The artist was also interested in the visual power of brands and packaging as well as the serial means by which they were produced. In 1963, a year before he exhibited his first Brillo Box (3c off) sculptures, Warhol responded to the question ‘What is Pop Art?’ in an Art News interview: “The reason I’m painting this way is that I want to be a machine, and I feel that whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do.” Warhol sought to appropriate the visual language of mass production and apply it to his art.

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