Andy Warhol, ‘Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) (FS II.355)’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) (FS II.355)’, 1985, Revolver Gallery
Andy Warhol, ‘Rebel Without a Cause (James Dean) (FS II.355)’, 1985, Revolver Gallery


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 eery illustration of the late actor’s ghost.


Consumerism plays a crucial role in Andy Warhol’s career, as a majority of his pieces perpetuated that motif. In 1985, Rebel Without a Cause was created as a part of Warhol’s Ads portfolio. The series include a number of companies partnered with a number of famous faces. Included in the series are the following: Rebel Without a Cause (featuring James Dean), The New Spirit (featuring Donald Duck), Mobil, Volkswagen, Van Huesen (featuring Ronald Reagan), Apple, Paramount, Blackglamma (featuring Judy Garland), Lifesavers and Chanel No. 5. These advertisements were not simply a means to sell products, but had become an integral part of American culture towards the middle of the 20th century.

Signature: signed and numbered in pencil

About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, based in New York, New York