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Thirty years after his death, a major new exhibition celebrates Warhol’s early career in the world of advertising

It’s usually one line in the bio, a footnote in his history, but Andy Warhol’s early career as a commercial illustrator is the subject of a new exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales: Adman – Warhol Before Pop.

Before he was a pop artist, Warhol was hot stuff on Madison Avenue. Advertising work made him rich enough to embark on a tour of south-east Asia and the Middle East (a rarity in 1956; his sketchbooks of the trip are in the exhibition), and renowned enough to sign all his commercial illustrations, just like a proper artist.

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from Advertising | The Guardian