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Friday, November 4, 2011

POP ART ICON - ANDY WARHOL

"Once you got POP, you could never see a sign the same way again.  Once you thought POP, you could never see America the same way again"  Andy Warhol
We can't spend a week on  pop art as muse  without spending some time with the leading figure of Pop Art, Andy Warhol, who was in fact the most successful and most highly paid commercial illustrator in New York City before he became synonymous with Pop Art.

"How can you say one style is better than another?  You ought to be able to be an abstract expressionist next week, or a pop artist, or a realist, with out feeling you've given up something.  I think that would be great, to be able to change styles.  And I think that's what's going to happen, that's going to be the whole new scene"  Andy Warhol
"During the hippie era people put down the idea of business, they'd say 'money is bad', and 'working is bad', but making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art"  Andy Warhol
 
Andy Warhol had his first N.Y. solo Pop Art exhibition in 1962, which included his Marilyn Diptych, 100 soup cans, 100 coke bottles and 100 dollar bills....BTW I don't show them here because none are favorites of mine, but they can all be easily googled if you are interested.



"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself"  Andy Warhol

 He created some of the most recognized works ever produced, making Andy Warhol one of the first artists who's art appealed to the general public, thus challenging the very definition of fine art. Whatever you think of his work, Andy Warhol was certainly a pioneer, and hugely influential to the modern art world. There are certainly a few artist's as celebrity working today, Jeff Koons and Damien Hirst come to mind, but AW was the first.





 "Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it"  Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol and his Pop Art bridged the gap between high art and popular culture making art fun and enjoyable for most.  Thank you Mr. Warhol.

"I am a deeply superficial person"  Andy Warhol

You've got to admit, the man was funny.





We hope you've enjoyed Pop Art week.  Be sure to join us on Monday when we introduce a new muse of the week.

Have a beautiful weekend everyone.
YANCEY

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