Artist of the Week – Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was known as an American artist who was leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. Warhol’s art used many types of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film and music. He was a pioneer in compute-generated art using Amiga computers that were introduced in 1985, founded Interview magazine and was the author of numerous books. In addition, Warhol was known as a successful commercial illustrator. He was also famous in pop art. Pop art was an experimental form that several artists were independently adopting. He also would become famous as the ” Pope of pop”. So, talking about pop art. Pop art presented the a challenge to traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular culture such as advertising and news. In pop art, materials are removed from its known context, isolated, and/or combined with unrelated material. One of its aim of pop art is to use images of popular culture in art, emphasizing the banal or kitschy elements of any culture, most often through the use of irony. Pop art is considered as an art movement that precede postmodern art, or are some of the earliest examples of postmodern art and takes some images that is currently used in advertising. Now, back to the artist, Andy Warhol. His early paintings show images taken from cartoons and advertisements, hand-painted with paint drips. Warhol also loved drawing celebrities, so he portrayed them so well. The painting of Marilyn Monroe following the style of pop art was very popular that he had done. Finally, Warhol was also very successful in many fields like film, music and paintings and books and print.

This is the pop art painting of Marilyn Monroe done by Andy Warhol

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