Who is Andy Warhol?

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This is portrait picture of Andy Warhol (Source Wikipedia)

Andy Warhol was an American artist, who was one of the most celebrated artists of the 20th Century. Warhol was also associated with Pop Art and was considered one of the leading figures of Pop Art.

Warhol graduated from Carnegie Institute of Technology with a Fine Arts degree. Warhol then moved to New York to pursue a career in commercial art. In the late 1950’s he devoted himself to becoming an artist in his own right with “Pop Art”.

What was the Factory?

Andy Warhol had a studio in New York; this studio was referred to as “The Factory”. The Factory has had three different physical locations within New York.

The original Factory location was also sometimes referred to as the “Silver Factory”. This was after Warhol had visited Billy Name’s apartment (Billy Name is an American photographer and an archivist of the Warhol Factory), which was decorated in tin foil and silver paint. This building has since been torn down. Warhol left the original Factory in 1968.

The Decker Building was the second location of the Factory. Warhol left the Decker building in 1973. Warhol then moved to the final location of the Factory. The third location of the “factory” was a conventional office building on East 32nd Street. There now stands a monument of Andy Warhol by Rob Pruitt at this final location.

Who were Velvet Under-ground ?

The Velvet Underground was an American Rock band who were active between 1964 and 1973. Andy Warhol managed the Velvet Underground and designed some of the album artwork. The Album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” (1967) is famous for its Warhol Design: the album cover has a yellow banana sticker, printed near the tip of the banana an instruction “Peel slowly and see”. Those who removed the banana sticker found a pink peeled banana beneath.

Find two of his quotations and explain.

“In the future, everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes.” This quote by Andy Warhol holds true today because of the Internet and Social Media. It is possible for anyone to have 15 minutes of fame, because of certain developments this has lead to people having shorter attention spans and consumption of media is quicker so people want to move onto the next big thing.

For example, Vine, a Social Network, is just about to celebrate its 1st year on the Internet. Vine allows the user to create a 6 second video, that can be of anything but content of that 6 second video can entice millions of Vine users to watch it over and over again. But because of the nature of social media these Vines go viral and are shared to other social media sites. For example Norman The Scooter Dog – this is a 6 second video of a dog learning to ride a scooter.

“Don’t pay any attention to what they write about you. Just measure it in inches.” This quote reminds me of another quote “no publicity is bad publicity”, because the more they write about you the more people know about you and are curious to find out about the person. In my opinion Andy Warhol used his status to help promote his work

Sources of research:

http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/andy-warhol-2121

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Andy_Warhol

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