Warhol Essay

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Andy Warhol and Pop Art “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you know that the President drinks Coke, Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too. A Coke is a Coke and no amount of money can get you a better Coke than the one the bum on the corner is drinking. All the Cokes are the same and all the Cokes are good. Liz Taylor knows it, the President knows it, the bum knows it, and you know it” (Andy Warhol). Although Andy Warhol rarely spoke about his paintings and his artistic reasoning behind his work, the messages that could be interpreted from his art spoke profoundly about the culture of the sixties. Andy Warhol like other artists during the sixties were beginning to move away from traditional norms of that time and began to show a different side of what mainstream media portrayed to the world about how society was during the sixties. Artists such as Andy Warhol were showing a different and emerging culture of the sixties that questioned the status quo of assigned gender roles, family roles and race roles of previous generations. To understand Andy Warhol’s contribution to the sixties culture and how his environment impacted his art, this paper will discuss Andy Warhol’s background, some of his work and the style of his art. Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was a successful magazine and ad illustrator who was known for pioneering “Pop Art” in the sixties. Andy Warhol came from humble beginnings and began studying and engaging in art at an early age. Once he graduated university earning a degree in Fine Arts, Andy Warhol was pushed into the real world where he found his niche. It can be argued that most artists, whether musicians,

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