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."
Pop art is an experimental art which surfaced in Great Britain in the early 1950’s. One of the major art movements of the twentieth century, it came into its own in the United States in the late 1950’s. This art form incorporated photographs in ways that had not been utilized before. It utilized mass-culture imagery and iconography, in contrast to the traditional tendencies of fine art. Pop art is considered to be one of the last modern art movements and served as a precursor to postmodern art. The art form is characterized by themes and techniques derived from mass culture, including advertising and comic books. Perhaps one of the most famous Pop artists, is Andy Warhol.
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.
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.
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.
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
Pop art was used in many different ways and by many different artists to portray different things. Pop art uses a sort of comic style to portray things such as products and celebrities. Andy Warhol was able to change the way pop art was regarded through his unique style and painting of popular items and people; however, “many of his pictures have morbid associations: Mrs. Kennedy after the assassination of her husband, Marilyn Monroe after her suicide, ‘mug shots’ of criminals, automobile accidents, the electric chair, gangster funerals, race riots,” (Lucie-Smith, Edward 152). His paintings of these events and things became popular because of the idea behind and story behind them. Warhol used paintings of events and people of his time to further advance the Pop Art
In Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop, Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan paint a picture of this
“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.
A couple years after having his photographs displayed, he continued to produce his prints in black and white. He also started producing color photographs by using the dye-transfer process. He used color photography to produce photographs that are more realistic. He became famous for encouraging the acceptance of color photography, which was to be considered as artistic at that time. The photographers viewed color photography as splashy, commercial photography with bright and unrealistic prints, whereas black an...