Andy Warhol: commercial art
Warhol is often percieved as an artist whose success was the result of a lucky break, but at the time he decided to concentrate on Fine Art, he was already established as one of New York’s top Graphic Artists. He had bought his town house, built a serious art collection and had won numerous awards including those from the American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Medals from the Art Directors Club. Warhol risked his career and his income when he decided (with Billy Name) to launch himself on the New York Fine Art scene.
Despite the success of that launch, Warhol continued to work on Book Covers, Magazine Illustration and Record Covers. His last work (incomplete) was, probably, a cover for an MTV compilation album.
The exhibition includes his illustrations for Childrens’ Books, Book and Record Covers, Posters for Levi’s and Halston, Magazine Covers for Playboy and Dance, plus, a Wine Label and even a Phonecard,
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