Andy Warhol Case Study

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Andy Warhol (1928-1987) and the Pop-Art Movement

Andy Warhol a significant artist in the Pop-Art movement, often referred to as the “artist who personified Pop Art”. The Pop-Art movement emerged during the mid-1950s and was characterised by bold, simple everyday imagery and vibrant colours of consumerism and popular culture. Many Pop-Artworks challenged the traditional beliefs of those engaging in fine art, being the first Post-Modernist movement to reflect the power of film and television which were significant influences for Pop iconography. The bright colour schemes used in modern Pop-artworks emphasised elements of contemporary culture, allowing distinct differentiation between the commercial and the fine arts. Creating a form of art portraying instant meaning was the motif behind Pop-art, directly contrasting with the super-intellectualism required of Abstract Expressionism. Pop art was established on the materialistic, technologically advanced society, and was a response to Abstract Expressionism in the USA in post-World War II. The general public were able to recognise and appreciate works of painting and sculpture of everyday images, hence were able to relate to the works.

Originally named Andrew Warhola, Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928 to Slovakian parents. He suffered a rare neurological disorder from an early age and as a young boy, finding solace and escape in popular celebrity magazines and DC comic books which clearly influenced his later works. Warhol majored in Pictorial Design while Commercial Art at the Carnegie Mellon University from 1945 to 1949, then moved to New York in order to establish a career in illustration and advertising.

Heavily influenced by advertising pop culture and design and his obsession with the ambition to become famous and wealthy, Warhol mass produced portraits of famous celebrities, images of

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