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The most comprehensive exhibition dedicated to Andy Warhol’s early career in more than 25 years

With the backdrop of 1950s New York and its burgeoning advertising industry, Adman: Warhol before pop focuses on the formative years of one of the 20th century’s most influential artists. It provides surprising insights into the beginning of Warhol’s career, from his award-winning work as a commercial illustrator through to his first, little-known exhibitions.

Adman includes over 300 objects – from rare drawings and photographs to vintage advertisements, artist books and recreated department store window displays – many on public display for the first time.

This exhibition is a collaboration between the Art Gallery of NSW, Sydney and The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh.

There’s also an unmissable range of programs, including a partnership with the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras 2017 which presents a Queer Art After Hours on Wednesday 1 March and a Queer Thinking symposium.

Get closer to Warhol. Discover more stories and images. Enter.
Art Gallery of NSW and The Andy Warhol Museum (one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburg). Major partner Clemenger BBDO.

Main image: Philip Pearlstein Andy Warhol in New York City c1949, Philip Pearlstein papers, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution; installation views of Adman. All exhibition artworks by Andy Warhol © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc/ARS. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney

25 Feb – 28 May 2017

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$18 adult
$16 concession
$14 member
$44 family (2 adults + up to 3 children)
$8 child (5-17 years)
Free for children under 5
A $2 transaction fee applies for online purchases

Adman and John Olsen exhibitions
Joint ticket offer
$26 adult
$23 concession
$20 member
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Adman multi-entry ticket
$29 adult
$26 concession
$23 member
Only available at the Gallery

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Adman: Warhol before pop catalogue cover