Andy Warhol Final Paper

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Running Head: Andy Warhol 1 Huda Althahir Andy Warhol Art Apparition Santa Fe College Andy Warhol Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. His parents were Russian immigrants from Slovakia. When Andy was in 3rd grade, he was diagnosed with “scarlet fever”, which causes colored skin blotches. Repeated trips to the doctor caused Andy to become a “hypochondriac” (someone afraid of doctors, medicine, and hospitals). Often stuck in bed for days at a time, Andy was entertained by the radio and television, which he later described as an important influence on his artwork. In 1945, he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology where he majored in graphic design. Upon graduation, Warhol moved to New York where he worked as an
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Running Head: Andy Warhol 2 illustrator for several magazines including “Vogue”, “Harper's Bazaar” and “The New Yorker” and did advertising and window displays for many department stores. Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter, filmmaker, record producer, author, and public figure known for his social circles of friends, which included Hollywood celebrities, politicians, and wealthy families. In the 1950’s, the record industry was quickly expanding with vinyl records and hi-fi stereo equipment. Around 1950, RCA hired Andy Warhol and his artist friend, Sid Maurer, to create vinyl album covers and poster advertisements for the newest recording artists. This led to many important meetings with influential businessmen. Throughout the 1950’s, Warhol enjoyed a successful career winning several awards from the Art Director's Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts. In 1952, Warhol had his first solo art exhibit at the Hugo Gallery, which included his famous “Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote”. His work was exhibited in several other galleries during the 1950s, including The Museum of Modern Art in 1956. Warhol created both comical and serious works. His subjects ranged from a soup can, to an electric chair, to a car crash. Warhol used bright clashing colors in images of celebrities, everyday objects, and images of car crashes seen in newspapers (as seen in his 1962-63 “Death And Disaster” series). The “Death And Disaster” paintings (such as “Red Car Crash”, “Purple Jumping Man”, and “Orange Disaster”) transform personal tragedies into public spectacles, and began the use of images of disaster in art. Warhol's own
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Running Head: Andy Warhol 3 actions, when asked about his art, made him appear dumb to the media, because he would often talk off-subject and refuse to explain his work when interviewed. He was famous for having said that all you need to know about him and his work is already there on the surface of the paintings.
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