I selected Andy Warhol because I have long admired his crazy, quirky, unconventional style of producing works of art from normal, everyday subjects ranging from inanimate, normally unnoticed objects to pop culture celebrity icons. I first heard of him in 1986 when his show Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes aired on MTV. The show featured Andy interviewing what he thought was the next up-and-coming musical sensations about to get their "fifteen minutes of fame."
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The Founder of Pop Art: Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol is the god father of Pop Art. His window advertisements were the beginning of an era where art would be seen in an array of forms away from the traditional paintings and sculptures of the old world. His love of bright colors and bold patters along with his quirky personality paved the way for his successful career as a major figure in the pop art movement.
Warhol was born in 1930, in the town of McKeesport, Pennsylvania. His parents were Czech immigrants.
Andy Warhol, the founding father of the pop arts’, created a movement that began in the late 50’s, Andy Warhol’s idea of art brought forward the obsession society had with mass culture and allowed it to become the main subject of art. He used many techniques such as repetition, isolation, and color placement; these all contributed to his works and gave his art a different style and meaning compared to other artists. His art gave the world a new view on materialism, economics, politics, and media. He produced
The modern artist, Andy Warhol, is one of the most well known pop artists of the 1960’s. Warhol purposely strayed away from the very emotional painting style of the Abstract Expressionists. He was influenced heavily by American Pop culture, borrowing several images as well as ordinary consumer products for his pieces. Ultimately he approached his art in a way to have commercial or advertisement look. Warhol’s goal was to strip down art of its magical qualities, and wanted it to look like anybody could do it. Warhol’s work explores a vast number of ideas in American Pop culture.
In 1960, Andy Warhol, originally Andrew Warhola, was ignored by many trending artists of the century. He was often overlooked and seen as an eccentric artist. Andy did not care to interpret his work; alternatively, he was more attentive to his own personal image. Andy once said that “publicity is like eating peanuts, once you start you can’t stop.” He wanted to create works of everyday objects, so they could be recognized by anyone. When Warhol painted Campbell's soup cans, he had reached a breakthrough. Following his work, the advancement of Pop Art promptly approached. Andy Warhol was an emerging artist in the beginning of the Pop Art Movement, which he led to become an importance to society and art history.
The 1960s was a decade overloaded with signifiant life changing events. From Martin Luther King Jr. to the Vietnam War, the reign of Muhammad Ali and the Beatles reaching to the assassination of John F. Kennedy and the moon landing. The result of these history changing events: a new culture emerging at the beginning of the Vietnam war in the early 60s. A radical movement would start to take off called Popular Culture.
“I'd asked around 10 or 15 people for suggestions. Finally one lady friend asked the right question, 'Well, what do you love most?' That's how I started painting money and Campbell’s soup” (Andy Warhol). This quote is very significant to Warhol’s life because the moment he was asked this question, his life immediately changed forever. Andy Warhol was born into his family on August 6, 1928. He was greeted by his two older brothers and their parents. The Warhol family grew up in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania which started Andy’s journey in the world of art. Warhol always loved to draw, paint, cut and glue things ever since he was very little. His mother was also an artist and she was very encouraging. She would always give Andy a chocolate bar after every page he finished in his coloring book. Once Andy was ready for school, he became very, very sick and would miss a significant amount of school. His skin became a pink blotchy color and would shake uncontrollably and he felt as if the other students wouldn’t accept him which lowered his self-esteem quite a bit. However, once he reached high school he started taking a few art classes and he loved them. He was known as the “outcast” who always had a sketch book in his hands, but that didn’t seem to affect him too much. He also loved movies and made a collections of celebrity memorabilia.
Vincent van Gogh
In present time, Vincent van Gogh is probably the most widely known and highly appreciated person of postimpressionism. During his brief lifetime, Vincent’s work went almost unknown to this world. His work now hangs in countless museums throughout the world and is considered priceless. His work became an important bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries.
While I still feel there is a lot of under appreciation for things that are not fine arts related— Andy Warhol forced us to acknowledge the fact that art is all around us. Without Andy Warhol, there wouldn’t be nearly as many people upon the earth that could look around them, and simply appreciate those behind the making of their comfortable home and the film they’re watching on their beautiful, cozy furniture. Warhol opened us to what was all around us, but what we never really saw before. Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup series was important to the growth of our society, and I’d glad it’s here with us