Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Andy Warhol - The Pre-Fame Years

Magazine Ad 1950's Andy Warhol Sketch

I was an art student in the late 70's and early 80's. In the galleries, Abstract Expressionism, Op and Pop gave way to Neo Geo and Neo Expressionism. But in the text books Pop still reigned supreme and on that much esteemed throne sat Andy Warhol. We all know him because of his unmistakable imagery. The giant screen prints of Marilyn Monroe, Mao and Campbell's Tomato Soup. But like many artists, Warhol's start was slow and a bit more practical. 

While checking patterns I came across this advert tucked into one of the patterns. What a delight to see Andy Warhol's name as the illustrator of those sweet little collars and belt. He had quite a good career illustrating for magazines such as Harpers. 

The Andy Warhol Museum

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  1. How interesting! I didn't know he'd done fashion illustrations.

  2. Even the great start out in regular jobs... I guess we all have hope, don't we!