Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Andrew Warhola – Andy Warhol

If the Artist can make you look at anything as if it were Art, then it to some degree

Andy Warhol's fascination with Hollywood, death and voyeurism. A screen print of Marilyn Monroe and portraits of Ethel Scull using an instant passport machine

How did Andy Warhol separate himself from others Pop Artists? Simply, he took the imagery of the everyday Americana and had it mass produced graphically as Art. His breakthrough was the ability to act and produce work by the suggestions of others, and his genius was his timing.

Warhol understood his weakness where his skill as a painter seemed mediocre, and he devised a technique of mechanically reproducing images so they were similar to the style he was attempting to emulate. And through the technique of silk-screening and photography, his craftsmanship as a graphic designer produced work that was clean, precise and new.

Blowjob and kiss - Avant-garde cinema, to make film seems as if it was a painting and Warhol slowed down the frames to show the detail of the very act.

What is fascinating about Warhol is that he created Art by the simple approach of photography and used it as a medium of painting incorporating popular icons that showed wealth, power, fame, death. Yet, no matter what the content, his paintings were alive and spoke of the moment. The 1962, the series of Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings were created by a suggestion of a friend, "Paint something anyone can recognize…like money or a can of soup." At the time, the paintings were purchased for one thousand US dollars and were later sold for fifteen million dollars to the Museum of Modern Art.

Many people underestimate the business of Art, and the value placed on it. Warhol's work had been determined by his Art dealer as an important investment, and he knew that avant-garde concepts would be profitable in the long run.
The PBS documentary suggest that Andy Warhol is one of the most influential artist after Pablo Picasso in the twentieth century because he was able to reinvent a way of producing art which had never been attempted. Warhol changed how people saw things, and placed the common everyday object into a work of Art.


It should be noted that Andy Warhol feed off the ideas of others and used it as his own. The conflicts which arose where perhaps a result of his inconsideration of not acknowledging his aid.

1 comment:

silverhairspray said...

Wanted to share this post from talks about what is was like to be in a Warhol Film, revolution image, and the idea that "it must be real."

"It must be real"

Edie was a filmmaker, a collaborator and artist with other underground and experimental filmmakers at a time when making a non-Hollywood film was almost a revolutionary act. Like you she was young at a time when a wave of technological advancements­ new video camera, audio recorders and film cameras­ were putting power in the hands of the people to tell their own stories. This is a pursuit she believed in fiercely. She said often to fellow adventurers in her filmmaking pursuits, "It must be real, if it isn't real, there is no movie." On the eve of the release of a HIGHLY fictionalized Hollywood account of Edie's life, we hope you will join us in our Internet and video experiment of making real screen tests of real people. WE know you can tell the difference, as she would have wanted, between what is real and what is not.

-Melissa Painter

"I do love Alice in Wonderland though. That's something I think I could do very well. Don't you think we ought to do an A.W.? A.W.'s Alice in Wonderland? Andy Warhol's Alice in Wonderland? A.W. stands for a lot of things, I understand. It, uh, it would make a fantastic film. So I wanted somebody to write the script for it, in a modern sense. Think it would be the most marvelous movie in the world. If it could be done. Don't you think? Really I don't think they've done one since they did a Walt Disney one- which isn't really doing it. In a sense it is, but not in the way it really should be done. What's needed right now is a real scene. I mean not just cartoon characters but the actual character of people because there's so many fantastic people that you might as well use the people."

­-EDIE 1965

"To be an underground filmmakerŠ one felt that you were engaged in forbidden activity, which of course lead us to Andy and 47th St and the factory because Andy was hosting this whole feeling of rebellion in image where we could all participate in doing things that were ridiculous and absurd...and so to get a bunch of people who all feel that the sky's the limit to start being able to do crazy ridiculous image with Andy.

[John, what did it feel like to be in a movie that Warhol directed?] Well,it felt like you were talking your pants of. It was embarrassing. You wondered what were you doing? Why are you doing this? And yet at the same time you knewŠ You didn't know then, but to think about it now, I mean imagine you are there and there's a hundred million dollars worth of art lying around on the floor, and these people fooling around with cameras. Andy, and I'm there with him doing the same thing, and there's Edie, and we're all there doing this. And so on the one hand there's the rebellion, because you know you're not supposed to, and on the other hand you know that its really really important, and yet its just going to disappear. So that was a peculiar feeling."

-John Palmer


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