Andy Warhol and the Brillo Box Series

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Here at Kidrobot, we know a thing or two about what art is meant to do. It makes you react, feel, think—or all of the above. Still, there’s no clean definition of what art actually is. (See what we did there?) 

Andy Warhol’s art constantly tested the definition of the word, pushing boundaries and challenging collectors and critics alike to redefine how we identify and value art. Where some might say “art” is only something rare and unique, Warhol found art in the mass production of consumer goods. Where others say “art” needs to be risqué or provocative, Warhol found beauty in the utterly ordinary.  

“You need to let the little things that would ordinarily bore you suddenly thrill you.”

Andy Warhol

In 1964, Warhol’s Brillo Box sculptures and prints transformed a mundane commercial product into art. Arguably his most controversial series, it leaves the admirer plenty of room to speculate what it means. Is it a statement on art being censored and sanitized for the public? Is it meant to point out that “ordinary” is merely a social construct by which we judge our surroundings? Or is it simply a test of free will? After all, Warhol was the one who famously said, “Art is what you can get away with.” 

Kidrobot has worked with The Andy Warhol Foundation to transform the Brillo box series into a variety of different pieces—and we hope you find a different joy and meaning in each one. 

Browse our full collection of Andy Warhol products here to add something truly
extra-ordinary to your collection. 

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