It was about 15 or 20 years after he created the Brillo soap pad box that sold yesterday at a Phillips auction in New York. We didn’t discuss it at the time.
Lost in all of the commentary and the reports of the sale yesterday is the fact that the Brillo box, used by Andy as the inspiration for his artwork, was designed in 1961 by James Harvey, at the New York design firm of Stuart and Gunn. Harvey was a commercial artist and abstract expressionist painter who studied at The Art Institute of Chicago. Sadly, he died in 1965 at the young age of 36. But imagine the thrill it must have been for him to see his work become one of the foundations of Warhol’s fame.
It is interesting to note that when this work was created in 1964, Brillo had sales of about $15 million and was losing share rapidly to S.O.S.
Wonder if Andy knew that Brillo is the Latin word for bright.
Golec, Michael. 2008. The Brillo Box Archive, Aesthetics, Design, and Art. Dartmouth College Press
General Foods Corp v. Federal Trade Commission. 1967. U.S. Court of Appeals Third Circuit