Rebel Without a Cause 355 is a part of Andy Warhol’s 1985 Ads portfolio. This series features ten screenprints based on massively successful corporate advertisements. The print, which features Hollywood actor James Dean, is modeled after the Rebel Without a Cause movie poster. James Dean dominates the right side of the print while the left side of the composition is filled by Japanese script. The figure of James Dean is delineated by bold black outlines and light blue accents, all set against a vibrant red background. In the center there is a very faint repeated image of the posed James Dean that is barely recognizable, as if it is an apparition.
Rebel Without a Cause 355 by Andy Warhol as Part of His Larger Body of Work
Warhol began his career as a commercial illustrator in the 1950s. Warhol’s fascination with the commercial world continued throughout his career as an artist. As a result, he created the Ads portfolio based on popular advertising campaigns and logos in contemporary American culture. These advertisements were not simply a means to sell products, but had become an integral part of American culture. Warhol included the Paramount, Apple and Mobilgas logos in the Ads series, as well as advertisements that featured well known celebrities, such as Ronald Reagan for Van Heusen apparel.