Rebel Without A Cause

Andy Warhol’s Rebel Without a Cause

September 22, 2016

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA)

From his beginnings as a commercial illustrator in 1950s New York, Andy Warhol (1928–1987) went on to become one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th century. A master of graphic imagery and vivid color, he employed commercial techniques to create striking paintings, prints, and drawings. Rebel Without A Cause (James Dean) (from Ads) (1985) is dominated by the iconic figure of actor James Dean. A tragic figure who died prematurely, Dean represents both the promise and disappointment of Hollywood. This screenprint is from Warhol’s Ads portfolio, a series of ten screenprints that draw from movie imagery. Fascinated by celebrity, Warhol reveals the mythologizing at work in contemporary culture.

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