Tuesday, 18 September 2012

1960s art - Andy Warhol

"In the future everybody will be world famous for fifteen minutes"  

Andy Warhol exhibition catalogue Moderna Museet Gallery, Stockholm (1968)

Whilst Marcel Duchamp's audacious challenge to the art establishment happened in 1917, and Picasso was already sixty years into his deconstruction and reconfiguring of the very meaning of what it was to be a visual artist, the 1960s can nevertheless be regarded as a bursting into life of many divergent strands of hitherto repressed and constrained visions.  Technological advances were incorporated into the iconoclasm of the age, and one name seized the moment more conspicuously than any other.

                                          Andy Warhol

Warhol's artistic talent threw up challenges to film, theatre and music as well as photography, painting and sculpture.  

Perhaps the greatest innovation of the 'Pope of Pop Art', was turning cultural icons into icons of art:
(This, incidentally, could be yours for a mere $1,800 plus $50 shipping)  Though perhaps you would prefer:
And why not have the entire, 10 print set? Yours for just £10,000 and I bet if you haggle, they'll let you off the $150 shipping charge). 

One of many great things about the sixties is that there's a song to capture every mood and occasion. Let me see now, ah yes...

Whatever became of that other big idea of the sixties: anti-consumerism?

Hmmm...anybody feel like they want to 'stick it to the Man'? Then again, if you really feel like laying some bread on a cat...

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