Art Movement : Warhol And Elvis Presley

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The mid-twentieth century brought the arrival of the art movement known as Pop Art. The movement was given this name because its artwork was based on concepts of popular culture especially commercialism. One of the most notable artists of this period was Andy Warhol. Warhol did work with comics as Roy Lichtenstein, another prominent artist of the movement, was known for doing, but he ultimately abandoned them in pursuit of other approaches. Warhol is partially known for incorporating celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley into his work, but he also painted Campbell’s soup cans. These Campbell’s soup cans are the subject matter of Warhol’s art that will be specifically addressed here. Andy Warhol often asked others for ideas for his art, and though they offered suggestions, rarely did these ideas feel right to him. However, the idea for his famous Campbell’s soup cans was a significant exception. At a party one night, an art consultant by the name of Muriel Latow, told Warhol that he “‘should paint something that everybody sees every day…like cans of soup’” (Greenberg and Jordan 42). Andy accepted this challenge, and the rest is history. During his lifetime, Warhol went on to produce hundreds of Campbell’s soup cans. Perhaps the most significant design principle Warhol utilized in his soup cans series—and most of his artwork for that matter—is repetition. Warhol’s 1962 Campbell’s Soup Cans, for instance, has the repetition of thirty-two cans of Campbell’s

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