‘Adman’ exhibition at The Warhol

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Catalogue for ‘Adman: Warhol Before Pop’. Worth every penny!

The must-see exhibition Adman: Warhol Before Pop lands in Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum on April 27th. This show was created in Australia in the Spring of 2017, by the Art Gallery of New South Wales in partnership with The Warhol. My hope is that it will eventually reach Europe too.

The name says it all: this exhibition focusses on Warhol’s early career in the 1950’ies as an illustrator and ‘ad man’. There are hundreds of pieces to be seen, including complete reconstructions of window displays Warhol made for famous fashion brands and shops. The 245 pages catalogue published by the Art Gallery NSW is richly illustrated, and shows that there are also a lot of goodies for record cover lovers to be seen at the exhibition.

Not in the least this one: a printing proof for the cover of a box of EP’s with fragments (or a complete show) of the NBC radio news show Voices and Events that was broadcast in 1949 and early Fifties. This would probably be a promotional box like the one for Night Beat. But it is not known yet if the Voices and Events records actually have been issued or not. Anyway, fellow collector and Warhol enthousiast Richard Forrest immediately got to work and created a facsimile of the (empty) box.

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The facsimile ‘Voices And Event’ EP-box created by Richard Forrest.

Next to the proof for the Voices and Events box, there is also an ad for NBC radio in the exhibition. Warhol has made illustrations for even 10 more radio shows, it seems, including the Joe Di Maggio Show. I particularly like the drawing for crime series The Big Guy.

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Other great items regarding record cover art in the exhibition include:

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An early draft for the Story of Moondog cover with Warhol’s mother’s calligraphy

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Original drawing for A Nation’s Nightmare

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Original drawing for Jan Smeterlin (piano) plays Chopin: Nocturnes

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An alternative cover for Tennessee Williams reading…

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And the cherry on the cake, yet another beautiful version for the Billie Holiday Volume 3 cover.

7 thoughts on “‘Adman’ exhibition at The Warhol”

  1. Wow, Guy! It would really be great if this exhibition did come to Europe–preferably to somewhere where I could see it.
    And thanks for the plug for my “Voices & Events” boxes.

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  2. Lou Mancini says:

    I have a copy of Night Beat with the three blue 45 records,there’s nothing signed and numbered by Rockdoc anywhere so i’m assuming what i have is an original copy.I also have a copy of Voices and Events and this also has three 45’s on black vinyl,also not signed or numbered by Rockdoc,so i’m also assuming this is also an original copy.I got these from a man who collected records all his life who passed away at 79 two years ago.i don’t know where or when he got these.The records are in VG++ to NM condition.The boxes have some minor smudges and a little light foxing.I’ve been researching on the net to try to determine if these are originals.What do you think.

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  3. I also have a box set of The Henry Morgan Show -NBC cover art is a caricature of Henry Morgan and a cigar store indian,the box is similar to the other two i mentioned and it has 3 45’s in yellow vinyl.I can’t find anything on this .Do you know if Warhol might have also done the art for this cover?

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