The Prince of Pop Art By Kate Gladkova, RIMO-202.
WHAT IS ALL THIS ABOUT?The goal of this presentation isto share my interest about oneof the greatest artists of the 20thcentury with you. As youalready see I’m going to tell youthe story of Andy Warhol.
THESE ARE SOME QUOTATIONS OF ANDY HIMSELF AND HIS FRIENDS.LET’S SEE HIS STORY TO UNDERSTAND WHETHER IT’S TRUE OR NOT. “I am a deeply superficial person” “I like “a true boring workaholic” things” “I am from nowhere”
Born Andrew Warhola in a working classsuburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August6th 1928 to Slovak immigrants (Ondrej andJulia Warhola [Varchola in Slovakia]). Warholshowed an early interest in photography anddrawing, attending free classes at CarnegieInstitute.
Warhol came down with St.Vitus dance in third grade,an affliction of the nervoussystem causing involuntarymovements which isbelieved to be acomplication of scarletfever. He was frequentlybed-ridden as a child andbecame an outcastamongst other students.When in bed he drew a lot,listened to the radio andcollected pictures of moviestars.Years later Warholdescribed the period ofhis sickness as veryimportant in thedevelopment of hispersonality and in theforming of his skill-set andpreferences.
Lots of his works were devotedto Marilyn Monroe.
Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York whichwas the perfect place for an illustrator to make a living.He became well-known for his whimsical ink drawingsdone in a loose, blotted ink style.He also did advertising and window displays for retailstores such as Bonwit Teller and I. Miller. Ironically, hisfirst assignment was for Glamour magazine for anarticle titled "Success is a Job in New York."
A TURNING POINT INWARHOLS CAREERIn the 1960s Warhol began to make paintings ofAmerican products such as Campbells Soup Cans &Coca-Cola bottles and comic strips like Superman &Popeye. Starting in 1962 he began making silkscreensof celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, TroyDonahue, and Elizabeth Taylor by using enlargingphotographs and transferring the images onto hiscanvases using a projector.
Installation of Campbells SoupCans - 1962 Triple Elvis - 1963
THE FACTORY.Consequently he founded The Factory in 1962. It wasan art studio where he employed in a rather chaoticway "art workers" to mass produce mainly prints andposters but also other items like shoes designed by theartist. The Factory included a wide range of artists,writers, musicians and underground celebrities. Thefirst location of the Factory was in 231 E. 47th Street,5th Floor (between 1st & 2nd Ave) in New York City.
In 1968 Valerie Solanas, a periodic factory visitor, and the sole member of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men) walked into the Factory and shot Warhol. The attack was near fatal and he was briefly declared dead (doctors opened his chest and massaged hisBAD TIMES heart to help stimulate its movement again).FOR ANDY. Warhol barely survived. He never fully recovered and for the rest of his life had to wear a bandage to prevent his injuries from worsening. Years later, his wounds would still occasionally bleed after he overexerted himself.
In 1970s Warhols activities became more and moreentrepreneurial. He started the magazine Interview andeven a night-club. In 1974 the Factory was moved to860 Broadway. In 1975 Warhol published "Thephilosophy of Andy Warhol (from A to B and BackAgain)".He began the 1980s with the publication of POPism:The Warhol 60s. He also began work on AndyWarhols TV, a series of half hour of video programspatterned after Interview magazine.
"I love LosAngeles. I loveHollywood.Theyre sobeautiful.Everythingsplastic, but I loveplastic. I want tobe plastic."
FEBRUARY 22ND 1987.Following routine gall bladder surgery, Andy Warholdied of complications during his recovery
SOME STATISTICS.The Warhol market isconsidered the bellwetherof post-war andcontemporary art formany reasons.
SO WHAT HE WAS LIKE? a religious manhad a bizarre personalitywas extremely eccentric as hegrew olderobsessed by the ambition tobecome famousloved cats and he sometimesmade images of them in hisartworks for his personal collection
AFTER HIS DEATHIn May 1994 the Andy Warhol Museum opened in hishome town Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.Warhol had so many possessions that it took nine daysto auction his estate after his death; the auctiongrossed more than US$20 million.In 1987 in accordance with his will the foundation wasestablished. It’s mission is the advancement of thevisual arts.
"People need to be mademore aware of the need towork at learning how to livebecause life is so quick andsometimes it goes away tooquickly." - Andy Warhol