Campbell’s soup cans. Wicked Witch of the West. Guns. Jackie Kennedy. Cats. Shoes. Elvis Presley. Knives. Marilyn Monroe. Coca Cola Bottles. Money. These are just a few of the subjects our fav artist of all time Andy Warhol interpreted through his works. Andy Warhol is by far one of our biggest influences in our lives and as a result we created a list on why he is just so spectacular, mind blowing, and overall wondrous (ya that’s right he is just so influential we just used three big words from the thesaurus to describe him).
Andy Warhol was inspired by the EVERYDAY and with that he was inspired by any type of subject matter, as demonstrated above. He was also willing to experiment with many artistic materials/ techniques which included abstract paintings similar to Pollock, silkscreens similar to Rauschenberg, and the use urine inspired by perhaps Duchamp’s The Fountain???
Andy Warhol,Oxidation Painting
Copper metallic pigment and urine on canvas, 1978
Warhol was always causing controversy. Rather it was giving one word responses in interviews. To creating films with the very famous and distraught Edie Sedgwick in Poor Little Rich Girl. Or altering famous works such as Da Vinci’s Last Supper by recreating it into a silkscreen with many vibrant colours.
Andy Warhol, Last Supper
Oil on canvas silkscreen, 1986
#3. Cultural Status
Warhol quickly rose to fame because of the controversy of his works and mass audience they spoke to. His studio was the Factory, which was this rad place where various up and coming artists or famous people would chill out,such as the socialite Brigid Berlin who enjoyed lounging around topless, or Edie Sedgwick.
Warhol in the Factory, where he encountered various celebrities and artists
His works are just.... SUPER DUPER fun to look at. For instance, Sarah sees the Myths Collection and she just gets all happy. Or Codie looks at Guns and feels elated. (Codie's mental status is a little questionable). They're super bright and fun, but they have meaning too.
Andy Warhol, Guns
Oil on canvas silkscreen, 1981-1982
On top of everything else, Warhol said super flash things and coined many terms for example
"fifteen minutes of fame"Warhol definitely said that he had a total understanding of society and provided a commentary on it. Which we aspire our blog to do... eventually. Anyways, he actually said pretty deep things, and also really funny things. Rather it was explaining how he spreads rumours to his dogs or answering interviews with two word answers.
The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975
In conclusion... Andy Warhol was and still is AMAZ to the ZING! To legitimate how deep Warhol was we will leave you with this comment he once stated
"Isn't life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?"
**For those of you who are unaware of the greatness of Warhol here is a quick scope on what he was all about ...
Andrew Warhola (aka Andy Warhol) was born 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and died at only 59 years of age, 1987 in New York City, New York.He was known to be somewhat of an eccentric, but was amazed with pop culture. It was through his amazement of popular culture that he became a well known pop artist. Warhol did numerous paintings,in particular silkscreens, of famous people which include- Marilyn Munroe, Elvis Presley, and Jackie Kennedy. Andy Warhol usually depicted familiar subject matter rather it was common objects such as Campbell’s soup cans, popular people as mentioned above or infamous such as America’s most wanted men.