Week 12 – Artist – Andy Warhol

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An artist is somebody who produces things that people don’t need to have.

Overview

Andy Warhol is one of the biggest artists of our time. His art is recognized by everyone if they know it or not. His works were mainly prominent in the 60s and 70s. With his works Warhol changed the look of art forever. He brought popular culture into art commonly, where it found its place.

Attempted Murder

The biggest turn in Warhol’s life was when someone had attempted to kill him in 1968. He was shot by a feminist who was upset after not receiving her script back from Warhol. The other victim was minorly injured while Warhol had suffered serious damage to his heart. Her reasoning was that “he had too much control over my life.

“Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there—I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it’s the way things happen in life that’s unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it’s like watching television—you don’t feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it’s all television.”

Warhol’s Works

We live in an age when the traditional great subjects – the human form, the landscape, even newer traditions such as abstract expressionism – are daily devalued by commercial art.

Warhol began exhibiting his works in the 50s with his silk screening. In ’62 his famous pop art had debuted. With his pop art, Warhol began painting iconic American objects (like Campbell’s cans of soup) and people (like Marilyn Monroe).

Pop Art

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Photographs

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Videos

What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.

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