ANDY WARHOL DEEPLY SUPERFICIAL Aldo Garcia
ANDY WARHOL DEEPLY SUPERFICIAL Aldo Garcia Me Who was Andy Warhol? From Andrew to Andy Andy Warhol Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987) Fourth child of an Slovakian immigrant family Studied commercial art at Carnegie Institute of Technology Moved to New York during the 50’s Successful career in magazine illustration and advertisement Pop Art Pop Art Start in Britain in the 1950’s Arrives to the United States in the late 1950’s Challenged traditional art Characterized by depicting popular mass culture Used Irony Pop Art Jasper John - “Flags” Roy Lichtenstein – “Drowning Girl” Quote “You can be watching TV and see Coca Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coca Cola, Liz Taylor drinks Coca Cola, and just think, you can drink Coca Cola, too. A coke is a coke and no amount of money can get you a better coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the cokes are the same and all the cokes are good.” Andy Warhol American Icons Advertisement-like qualities No classical techniques No personal touch Mimics the mass production Defying Conventional Art Mechanically processed art Bending the rules “Books” without writing “Films” of subjects that not move “Mass produced” art His life as a work of art People considered him eccentric He wanted to be a machine Always use a façade His intentions are a mystery National Velvet 1963 Painting Silkscreen ink and synthetic polymer paint on canvas Red Liz 1962 Painting synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas How to interpret his art Warhol’s art is intellectual How did he choose his subjects? To mock? homage? mass culture? What is his art about? Glamour Popular culture to the elite Removing the subject from the object Conclusions – Deeply superficial? Interpretations of his art/persona are speculations His subjects were superficial His ideas were deep His life was a work of art Icon glamour Pushing modern art forward Remove the line between advertisement and fine art Commercialize/mass produced art Art is not in the technique Remove the technique Provocative art Always something new Thanks! Questions?