The screen-printed Campbell’s soup cans are unmistakable. Add the Marilyn Diptych silkscreen paintings and that famous yellow banana that would go on to cover The Velvet Underground & Nico and your mind immediately conjures the name Andy Warhol. But prior to his stint pioneering the Pop Art movement, Warhol was a highly sought-after commercial illustrator in New York.
Adman: Warhol before pop, exhibiting at the Art Gallery of NSW, features over 300 drawings, photographs, vintage advertisements and personal items from the artist during the 50s: the result of five years spent combing the Warhol archives to present a snapshot of an icon in his formative years in the public eye. Adman will be on view until May 28.