Andy Warhol…Why is He an Important Artist?

Marilyn Monroe, 1962
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol painted icons.

Jackie, 1964
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol painted history.

Love him or hate him, Andy Warhol was just the latest in the long line of artists documenting our times.

Portrait of George Washington, 1797
Gilbert Stuart

Jimmy Carter, 1976 and Richard Nixon, 1972
Andy Warhol

Warhol presents these 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.

Watch Andy Warhol in Action! Click here if unable to view the video.

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  1. January 16, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

    Hi Kirby….I appreciate your posts…they are part of history and you help bring me into the picture..thank you

  2. dkremenak January 16, 2014 at 3:47 pm - Reply

    I neither “love” nor “hate” Andy’s art. I find him unique and provocative, but I’m afraid he’d even be surprised to have someone label him “sophisticated”.

  3. Vic DePratti January 16, 2014 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Interesting presentation of Warhol’s work. I am not a big fan but have found the eccentricity, uncommon use of color, and subjects fun. Maybe just a bit too far out there for me to grasp. None the less, he is popular among many and a commercial success.

  4. Allison Wells January 16, 2014 at 6:05 pm - Reply

    Not a fan of Warhol, but the melding of graphic art, comedy, cynicism, and strong emotion truly document those aspects of modern life. Thanks, Kirby, for making us think!
    Lydia’s friend

  5. dan goldstein January 17, 2014 at 4:15 am - Reply

    The short video spoke world’s to me about Warhol’s passion, talent and commitment. A great inspiration. Thank you as always for wonderful shadings.

  6. Susan January 17, 2014 at 9:54 am - Reply

    “Art is anything you can get away with.” attributed to Andy Warhol and Marshall McLuhan

    • kkeditor January 17, 2014 at 10:08 am - Reply

      Terrific quote, Susan!
      I just have to repeat it.
      “ART IS ANYTHING YOU CAN GET AWAY WITH.” Attributed to Andy Warhol and Marshall McLuhan

  7. Dawn H. Brown January 17, 2014 at 2:32 pm - Reply

    Art teaches us to see and not just look. Warhol certainly did that! Keep making us see, Kirby!
    Your friend,

  8. Dawn H. Brown January 17, 2014 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    Art teaches us to see and not just look! Warhol certainly did that! Thanks Kirby for making us see!
    Your friend,

  9. Yahia Mirmotahari January 17, 2014 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    This is wonderful , thank you so much, I shared it on my Facebook page …. thank you once more and blessings.

  10. Lydia Pettis January 19, 2014 at 8:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks Kirby. I had no idea! Personally I had not particularly enjoyed Warhol, but I will appreciate him much more now. You’re always so good at broadening my take on all kinds of art, and that’s a blessing.
    Happy day. Lydia

  11. linda blair January 20, 2014 at 11:42 am - Reply

    I’m not convinced, Kirby. Does he represent a conflation of fine graphic design mixed with sociology (e.g., documentation of a culture at a point in time)? Is this truly ‘art’ as we think of it: do we find the same transcendence as in Rembrandt? The mysterious beauty of Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks? The artistic outside-the-box innovation of Manet or Monet? Let’s let Warhol stew in the crucible of time and suspend judgment.

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