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Andy Warhol
Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) (FS II.355)

1985

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REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE 355 Rebel Without a Cause 355 is a part of Andy Warhol’s 1985 Ads portfolio. This series features ten screenprints based on massively successful corporate advertisements. The print, which features Hollywood actor, James Dean, is modeled after the Rebel Without a Cause movie poster. James Dean dominates the right side of the print while the left side of the composition is filled by Japanese script. The figure of James Dean is delineated by bold black outlines and light blue accents, all set against a vibrant red background. In the center there is a very faint repeated image of the posed James Dean that is barely recognizable, as if it is an eery illustration of the late actor’s ghost. REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE 355 AS A PART OF ANDY WARHOL’S LARGER BODY OF WORK Consumerism plays a crucial role in Andy Warhol’s career, as a majority of his pieces perpetuated that motif. In 1985, Rebel Without a Cause was created as a part of Warhol’s Ads portfolio. The series include a number of companies partnered with a number of famous faces. Included in the series are the following: Rebel Without a Cause (featuring James Dean), The New Spirit (featuring Donald Duck), Mobil, Volkswagen, Van Huesen (featuring Ronald Reagan), Apple, Paramount, Blackglamma (featuring Judy Garland), Lifesavers and Chanel No. 5. These advertisements were not simply a means to sell products, but had become an integral part of American culture towards the middle of the 20th century.

Details

  • Artist
    Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987, American)
  • Creation Year
    1985
  • Dimensions
    Height: 38 in. (96.52 cm)Width: 38 in. (96.52 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    West Hollywood, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2636888262

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About Andy Warhol (Artist)

The name of American artist Andy Warhol is all but synonymous with Pop art, the movement he helped shape in the 1960s. He is known for his clever appropriation of motifs and images from popular advertising and commercials, which he integrated into graphic, vibrant works that utilized mass-production technologies such as printmaking, photography and silkscreening. Later in his career, he expanded his oeuvre to include other forms of media, founding Interview magazine and producing fashion shoots and films on-site at the Factory, his world-famous studio in New York.


     Born and educated in in Pittsburgh, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 and built a successful career as a commercial illustrator. Although he made whimsical drawings as a hobby during these years, his career as a fine artist began in the mid-1950s with ink-blot drawings and hand-drawn silkscreens. The 1955 lithograph You Can Lead a Shoe to Water illustrates how he incorporated in his artwork advertising styles and techniques, in this case shoe commercials.


     As a child, Warhol was often sick and spent much of his time in bed, where he would make sketches and put together collections of movie-star photographs. He described this period as formative in terms of his skills and interests. Indeed, Warhol remained obsessed with celebrities throughout his career, often producing series devoted to a famous face or an object from the popular culture, such as Chairman Mao or Campbell’s tomato soup. The1967 silkscreen Marilyn 25 embodies his love of bright color and famous subjects.


     Warhol was a prominent cultural figure in New York during the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s. The Factory was a gathering place for the era’s celebrities, writers, drag queens and fellow artists, and collaboration was common. To this day, Warhol remains one of the most important artists of the 20th century and continues to exert influence on contemporary creators.

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