Andy Warhol began his career as a commercial illustrator and he understood the potential of the mass-produced image. Anonymous artist group the Guerrilla Girls also use striking design. Their subversive borrowing of artworks and typefaces can be seen as a parallel to Warhol’s use of existing images. However, their confrontational tactics contrast with Warhol’s coolly neutral approach to contemporary culture.
Warhol and the Guerrilla Girls were pioneers in challenging prejudice. While the Guerrilla Girls campaign forcefully against discrimination, Warhol’s Manhattan studio, known as The Factory, provided a welcoming space for those who didn’t conform to the social and sexual conventions of 1960s society.
Curated by Mark Godfrey and Hannah Johnston.