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ART HISTORY - ANDY WARHOL "Pop artist Andy Warhol passionate, if eccentric, commentator on American society." Andy Warhol was a marvel of his time, he confused art issues, he sabotaged modern at. He placed Marilyn Manson and the electric chair on the same level, and popularized the image of America in all the commercial aspects. Andy Warhol also popularized boring objects, from Coco cola bottles to the U.S Dollar or to the hamburger making these everyday objects into art, this caused uproar amongst the art critics of the early 60's who discarded his work as being "Kitsch Postcards". I am interested on his work to do with boring objects and how he manipulated these to become interesting, but another reason why I have picked him is because I really enjoy his work and looking at his life and how he came to be one of the most controversial artist of all time. Even at birth his life started in a cloud of controversy and mystery. Andy Warhol was the son of a Czech Immigrant named Andrew Warhola- later known as Andy Warhol. ...read more.


I think "Warhol" not only wanted to turn the commonplace into art, but also make art its self commonplace. I think personally he did this to great affect, take the "big torn Campbells" soup can (vegetable beef), 1962. He took an everyday soup can and turned it in to art, he painted a soup can with wrapping half torn, this caused out rage and controversy amongst the art critics, just for this I like his work he questioned the "rules" of art and found there was none. In the late 50's and 60's art was "meant" to be pretty pictures! Landscapes and portraits he moved away from that idea. The critics still discarded his work as Kitsch Postcards, but not to be out done "Warhol" carried on producing works of art that caused controversy, perhaps his powerful pieces of art work, in my view was the "Marilyn Manson" portraits that he produced in 1964. During this period of time it was said that "Monroe" was having an affair with J.E Kennedy, the president. It wasn't until after "Monroe" death that "Warhol" produced the "Marilyn's". ...read more.


He filmed "Clelsea Girls", a sinister view of America in the 60's it was stated as pornographic and was banned in the states. In 1970 "Warhol's" exhibitions continuing to grow, it seemed as if the whole world was fighting over his representation of the media, of which he had become the greatest propagandist. In the same year "torn Cambells" soup can painted in 1962 was sold in New York for $60,000, surprising for a "Kitsch Postcard". On 1st May 1971, the "Whitney Museum of American art" organized a "Warhol" retrospective. He displayed his work against a wallpaper background consisting of cow heads there he revealed a talent as a pun dry, vulgar and aggressive window dresser, a bit like America. In the same year when President Nixon returned from China, at the high of the Ping pong diplomacy, "Warhol" began his "Mao" series. He had never gone this far in simultaneously criticising politics and repressing by de-valuing all points of reference this is not only controversy amongst art critics but that of governments also. He chose to paint Nixon over Mcgovern, because Nixon was the better known of the two. Here "Warhol" proved that he was the greatest artistic director of post-war. ...read more.

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