Concerning Andy Warhol
I never met Andy Warhol but I was removed from his presence once.
But that presence seems to inhabit plenty of art work these days…my own included. Whether I am manufacturing cabinets or knocking out dozens of paintings, the foray into production work hearkens to that 60’s Factory aesthetic; and pays homage.
I’m surprised to consider The Factory as a precursor to some classic Minimalist artists and their use of industrial practices. Picture their artwork (as different as it could be both visually and in attitude) as being directly influenced by Warhol: The cube sculptures of Sol LeWit, the boxes of Donald Judd…He brought multiple imagery to contemporary art, as well as mass production, although the cited Minimalists pursued different ends and means. Curious….
Portraits of Campbell soup cans (or was that Still Life?) were the uncomfortable birth of something different; made more so by its proximity to the triumph of Abstract Expressionism. In the immediate wake of the introspective Abstract Expressionists came one who depicted the plainly visible world in iconic fashion.
Similar to The Ashcan School, with its own depictions of the everyday, Warhol also staked out the territory of everyday life (the boring) as subject matter; as well as the controversy of “urban realism”*. Consider the early Warhol as an extension of this classic New York interpretation of art/life….
Fun stuff! …And what about Mr. Brainwash!?
* Weinberg, H. Barbara. "The Ashcan School". In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000–. http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/ashc/hd_ashc.htm (April 2010)