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Andy Warhol: A Visionary Artist Essay

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"Everyone will be famous for 15 minutes" (Andy Warhol, 1968)That was one of Warhol's most famous quotes. Andy Warhol was a visionary artist, he changed the way art itself is viewed around the world.Andrew Warhola, his birth name, was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania on August 6th 1928. He grew up in Oakland, a town inside of Pittsburg. Warhol was the youngest of three boys. His older brother, John and Paul, were born in Slovakia. When Andy was 8 years old, third grade, he had a nervous system disease called St. Vitus' dance (History 1900's, 2009). Since he had this disease, he was often stuck in bed a child. Kids around him often treated him like an out cast. He became extremely close to his ...view middle of the document...

Warhol had his very first art exhibition in 1962, this exhibition only displayed his work. It was located at the Ferus Gallery which is found in Los Angeles. This exhibition was the pop art debut of the west coast. His display included a piece called Marilyn Diptych, which is a picture of Marilyn Monroe taken from the movie Niagara. This art contains 50 pictures of the actress, 25 are brightly colored and the other half in black and white, blurred and faded. Marilyn Diptych, was named third most influential modern art piece in 2004.(Wikipedia: Marilyn Diptych, 2008) His display also included 100 soup cans, 100 coke bottles and 100 dollar bills. During the '60's Warhol founded his first studio, The Factory. He was in The Factory for only 6 years. The studio became famous for it's parties, and the people who frequented them were artsy, amphetamine users and Warhol super stars. Warhol Superstars were people that he used in his art.(Wikipedia: Andy Warhol) During the early '60's Warhol was found at many parties, clubs, orgies, you name it and he was there. At many of those parties he met the stars of many of his movies. Some of his famous movies include Sleep(1963), Kiss(1964), Elvis at Ferus(1963), Hair Cut #1, #2, #3 (1963), Blow Job(1964). He's created many movies, these are just some that are most recognized.(Warhol Movies, 2006) The short film Blow Job, they show DeVerne Bookwalter receiving a blow job. They never tilt the camera down to show who's giving it. Many of Warhol's films are obscene and almost usually show only on shot the entire time.(Gary Comenas, 2007) Warhol was referred to as asexual by some, but he was in fact gay. Much of his work, like the film blow job, was influenced by the homosexual culture. He painted many naked men, and rarely any naked women. Much of his art was like this.One of the major moments that many remember about Warhol was the shooting in 1968. Valerie Solanas shot Warhol. Solanas would always hang out at the factory, she appeared at many of his parties and art exhibitions. She shot a Warhol all of 3 times, the first two missed but as for the last on, well Warhol wasn't so lucky. The bullet passed through his right lung, then his spleen, stomach, liver, esophagus and left lung. Amazingly enough, he survived, but he never really fully got...

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