Madonna and Andy Warhol are two names that evoke similar visceral connotations. As pioneers in their respective spaces, both have crafted monumental reputations in the realm of visual art while enabling and nurturing a giant community.

It was only a matter of time until their paths crossed, which happened during a transformative period in the 1980s. Whichever side of the coin you sit on, it’s safe to say that the world of pop wouldn’t be the way it is today without Madonna. Although she grew up listening to female rock icons like Debbie Harry, her true calling became clear when she gravitated towards the post-disco dance scene, realising a new strand of artistic expression. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she was destined to be an overnight success, as proven by the instant popularity of her debut in 1983.