Essay on The Works of Andy Warhol

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The Pop Arts' movement began in the late 50's and early 60's. Dubbed, the founding father of the movement, Andy Warhol brought forward society's obsession with mass culture and allowed it to become the subject of art itself. Using many techniques such as isolation, repetition and colour placement, Warhol brought to the world of art his views on materialism, politics, economics and the media. Andy was quick to warn his admirers and critics, ?do not look any deeper than the surface of my art and my life' (Bockris 21). Andy Warhol produced works that defied the popular notion of what art should be. Warhol's works were meant to be taken at face value, for nothing more than what they portrayed on the surface. While he stressed this superficial …show more content…
Andy Warhol loved glamour and celebrities. Through looking at much of his work one can conclude that female starlets were some of his most favored subjects. Only a few months after the announcement of Marilyn Monroe's death in 1962 he began a series of paintings that represented the many faces she held. Warhol chose Monroe as a symbol of the separation between the glamourous public life of a star and their often dysfunctional private lives. In Marilyn Monroe's Lips ( Shanes 69 ), Warhol isolated Monroe's lips and repeated them throughout an entire two canvases once in colour and then in black and white. Once again we can observe one of Warhol's main approaches to dissecting societies obsession with mass- communication and constant repetition in the media. Using the same format as many of his other works with Coke, Brillo Pads and soup cans one can deduce Warhol felt that Monroe was just another one of these items that had been produced and marketed. By presenting one canvas in colour and the other in black and white Warhol illustrated the double life of Marilyn Monroe. While much can be interpreted from Warhol's series on celebrities, in particular his Marilyn Monroe pieces, one can still see we have learnt and observed through the surface of what Andy chose

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