Brillo
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009

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Brillo 1970
  • Artist Rooms
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.

Glossary Open

Curate

To oversee the management of a collection or an exhibition. This includes tasks such as the acquisition or selection of artworks, cataloguing, research and display planning.

Retrospective

An exhibition surveying an artist's career.

Screenprint

A print made by forcing ink through a screen on which a stencil is placed. Traditionally used for commercial printing, it has been taken up by artists since the 1960s when it was used extensively in Pop art.

Curate, Retrospective, Screenprint

Details

  • Acc. No. AR00417
  • Medium Screenprint on paper
  • Size 75.80 x 65.80 cm
  • Credit 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