Andy Warhol's Influence on the Art World Essay

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When you go to an art show do you understand the symbolic interpretation of the pieces? Don’t feel bad, most people don’t. What’s so upsetting about that is that you really miss out on the experience. When I think about interpretation of art I think of Andy Warhol. Andy Warhol’s use of iconography changed not only the art world but the people who came into contact with his art. Once you understand his life and art, you will understand his art as a symbolic representation. Andy Warhol (Andrew Warhola) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. His parents were Julia and Ondrej Warhola and was the youngest of three boys. Warhol became ill with St. Vitus' disease when he was younger, which is a complication of scarlet fever.…show more content…
His early paintings had an unconventional, unique, and unfinished look about them. The images were known to everyone in everyday life. I was looking at a bunch of Warhol’s paintings and I was confused. I was just staring at them and I’m thinking “why don’t you look like a Warhol?’ Then I realize that these paintings are from when he was younger. This was before he defined his aesthetic. I believe this was his discovering phase then he goes into his silk screening phase. Andy Warhol used current icons from the world for his work. One of the famous icons was the Campbell’s soup can. In 1962 Warhol displayed his Campbell's soup piece, one canvas for each 32 types of Campbell's soup. In 1960, Warhol began producing his first canvases, which he based on comic strip subjects. In 1961, he started using the method of silk screening. Silk screening starts with a stencil drawing then transferred with glue onto silk. Warhol's first silkscreen was Campbell’s Soup cans. Campbell’s Soup was an icon in the 1960s that gave you a sense of comfort. In spite of that, Warhol’s Soup Can paintings were to provoke concern about value. At first glance it may seem like a joke but it’s actually a sophisticated and thought-provoking artistic statement. In the 1960s Andy Warhol made a sculpture that was extension of what Warhol had done with the Campbell's Soup Cans, Brillo Boxes. The Brillo Boxes were made out of wood but made to look accurately like the boxes found in the
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