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Lot #75: ANDY WARHOL - Brillo Box #2 - Color inks on stiff paperboard



Lot #75: ANDY WARHOL - Brillo Box #2 - Color inks on stiff paperboard



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Artist: Andy Warhol (American, 1928 - 1987).
Title: "Brillo Box #2".
Medium: Color inks on stiff paperboard.
Date: Composed The box produced prior to 1963.
Lot Note(s): Signed c1968 in black marker, center left. Quantity unknown, few survive. Printed on thin grey-brown stiff paperboard. Quality printing. Very good to fine condition; minor wear at edges; includes the unused pad. Dimensions: 3 x 2 3/4 x 1 in. (7.6 x 7 x 2.5 cm.). Comment(s): The most recent auction record we could find of a Brillo Box in this rare size is a sale for $2,250 at Auctionata, New York, January 19th, 2016, lot #35. In the mid-1960s Warhol carried his consumer-product imagery into the realm of sculpture. Calling to mind a factory assembly line, Warhol employed carpenters to construct numerous plywood boxes identical in size and shape to supermarket cartons. Then he painted and silkscreened the boxes with logos of different consumer products, including Brillo soap pads. When Warhol first exhibited them at the Stable Gallery in 1964 they caused great controversy. In reference to the boxes he later said that he "wanted something ordinary," and it was this mundane, commercial subject matter that infuriated the critics. Shortly after the exhibition, Warhol, from time to time, began to sign actual supermarket Brillo boxes – our example is one of these. Image copyright © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York. [29240-19-800]
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