Smarthistory — Why is this Art?
A tale of two cats 29 Jan Even when the cartoonish subject matter was given up, the cartoonish look persisted. Picasso, Monet and Matisse are among the masters — and still-lifes, female nudes and Chinese landscapes among the genres — that Lichtenstein took to adapting in this way.
He became a stylist trapped by his style. True, his images often raise a smile. The closest we get are the damsels in distress of his Romance series, but these are sappy teen images really, rendered all the more uninvolving by a deliberately deadpan painting style.
And, yes, in the early Sixties, the above might all have featured in the ads and stories of a single issue of National Enquirer. Yet, there was great darkness and depth to Warhol, too.
In his Death and Disasters series, for instance, he startled the world with silkscreened photographs of suicide leaps, fatal car-crashes and electric chairs.
These were followed by equally unsettling pictures of race riots and atomic bomb detonations.
He held up a pitiless mirror to American society and reflected a lot more than what was in its food cupboards. Before it, one experiences outrage not so much at the horrors depicted as at our own indifference to them, achieved by their desensitising repetition across the canvas.
In a society of media saturation, the shocking is rendered unshocking. Indeed, by repeating the images on a monochromatic red ground, the events in Alabama are degraded even to the point of resembling wallpaper.
Yet, for a pair who as noted kept a cool detachment from what they produced, it seems wrong to view their art in overly biographical terms. Though he died inhe remains an acute observer — and indeed prophet — of contemporary life, fore seeing the rise of celebrity worship, mass production, consumerism, surveillance cameras, mass media, social media, homogenised high streets, reality TV and much else besides.
Roy Lichtenstein may have a retrospective at the Tate; but our whole culture might be considered a retrospective for Warhol.Dec 24, · campy works from a campy life: ANDY WARHOL December 24, — entelekia A ndrew Warhola (August 6, – February 22, ), more commonly known as Andy Warhol, was an American artist and a figure in the movement known as pop art.
Andy Warhol lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement. After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia in at the age of Take a look at these intimate snapshots to see everyday life of Andy Warhol in New York from the s.
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Brand New. $ Rx Andy Warhol - Roy Lichtenstein interest. $ Time left 6d . Updated on 23 Nov Andy WARHOL () (United states) is an artist born in The oldest auction result ever registered on the website for an artwork by this artist is a drawing-watercolor sold in , at Christie's, and the most recent auction result is a print-multiple sold in