When I think of pop art Andy Warhol immediately comes to mind. I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t know who he was or at least a few of his pieces. If it weren’t for his work, I’m not sure if I would like much contemporary art at all. I appreciate the irony and commercialism in his work. Despite the commercialism his work still manages to be truly creative.
As a child of the 1980s, as much as I hate to admit it, I can relate to crass materialism and commercialization. Maybe that is why I always believed Andy Warhol’s art belonged in the 1980s instead of the 1960s. In any case I understand why his work became almost a parody of itself. His works became the commercial and material successes they parodied. Maybe that was the intention all along.
- The Velvet Underground Sue Andy Warhol Foundation Over Banana Image (pitchfork.com)
- Banana war: Velvet Underground shoots holes in Apple bag (go.theregister.com)
- Shadows (Andy Warhol) (makingarthappen.com)