When we think of Pop Art, we think of Andy Warhol, no doubt about that. The man was an excentric who surrounded himself in mystery. That’s why it’s hard to find some biographic dates about his life. Every time he was asked about his life, he would tell a different story and said that he will invent a new one with every occasion. However, we do know about Andy Warhol that he was born somewhere in the 1930’s ( many claim that the year was 1928) in Forest City, Pennsylvania. His real name was Andrew Warhola – he shortened it and created his “stage” name.
A commercial artist at first, Andy Warhol worked in Advertising. He aspired to become what he called a “ pure” artist and succeeded to do so. The 60s were the age of Pop Art and Warhol. Art was going in a totally different direction, as collages and ready-mades* were used as art. Pop Art was mass produced and reduced to a mechanical process. Andy Warhol thought that art should be the same, mass produced item for everyone, so no one could claim they had a better painting than another. He thought that art shouldn’t convey the artist’s skill and craftsmanship, let alone his personality and claimed he had managed to do this, by functioning like a machine. He used silkscreen printing for his art or had others do it for him, in his studio which he named The Factory.
Andy Warhol was more than a painter.He was a photographer, a film director ( he experimented in the art of cinema. One of the most notable films being a 8 hour long movie called Empire, that followed the Empire State Building and the way it was being lit), an editor at his magazine – Interview, and most of all he embodied the Pop Art movement. Do you like Pop Art?
*ready-mades were first introduced by Dada artist Marcel Duchamp, who used object already made such as a bicycle wheel and presented it as art. Pop Art is based on this concept, using mostly ready-made images.
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