Andy Warhol painted icons. He painted Marilyn Monroe only after she took her own life. These images deliver a big punch. Mortality stares us in the face…Marilyn’s mortality and our own.
Andy Warhol painted history in the making. He uses boxes of silk-screened photographs to record Jackie Kennedy’s courageous encounter with death.
Love him or hate him, Andy Warhol was just the latest in the long line of artists documenting our times.
Warhol presents these presidential images in wild colors. They are silk-screened, an ancient method of print-making using stencils and ink on silk. Many of his works are huge in size.
Derrick Cartwright, Ph.D., states, “What I think is most essential about Warhol was his canniness in identifying images from the media, repeating them and recirculating them as art before many others recognized them as history.”
The colors, the odd blurring of lines, the uncompromising images startle us.
We, the viewers, first see Andy Warhol’s art. Then we experience history, our own history.
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