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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)
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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
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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
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“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
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American Icons
Advertisement-like
qualities
No classical techniques
No personal touch
Mimics the mass
production
Defying Conventional Art
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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
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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
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Warhol’s art is intellectual
How did he choose his subjects?
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mock? homage? mass culture?
What is his art about?
 Glamour
 Popular
culture to the elite
 Removing the subject from the object
Conclusions – Deeply superficial?
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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
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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?
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