Andy Warhol: Brillo Boxes

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Warhol's works challenged conventional conceptions of art, and broke down barriers between what was considered 'high' art and popular culture. Significantly, Warhol began his career as a commercial illustrator, window display designer and advertiser. He did receive formal training at Carnegie Mellon University before moving on to illustrating magazines. Even before he painted his famous soup cans, Warhol was "one of the most successful illustrators of the 1950s, winning numerous awards. He had a unique, whimsical style of drawing that belied its frequent sources: traced photographs and imagery" ("Warhol: Biography," The Andy Warhol Museum, 2011). Rather than striving for pure uniqueness, Warhol was fascinated with the use of pastiche and parody in art.
Warhol became the most famous American exponent of the movement known as Pop Art. Other Pop Artists included Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Roy Lichtenstein, and Roy Lichtenstein, whose works critiqued the seriousness and machismo of "the obsessive, autographic practices of Abstract Expressionism in favor of a broad embrace of the detritus of American visual culture flags, targets, newspaper photographs, and found objects" (Walsh 1998). Warhol first exhibited his paintings of Campbell's soup cans…

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