Andy Warhol

From this meeting came his paintings of the early 1960's and the beginnings of a career of almost unparalleled success and international fame. For a decade, pop art would remain a dominant art wave in the United States. One of the most popular of Warhol's film star Pop Art images was Marilyn Monroe. She was the pre-eminent glamour star whose fascination continues to this day. The portrayal of Monroe as a product of mass culture, packaged for the public as if a consumer item, connects this work to the American Pop Art movement. The picture of a tin of Campbell's soup is one of a number produced on the same theme. Warhol started by painting each image by hand, but then went on to screenprint them, attaching a stencil to a screen stretched on a frame, and forcing the color through the unmasked areas of the screen.

In mass-producing images of everyday items such as the soup can, he questioned both authorship and the validity of uniqueness. Warhol's subject grew to form a sort of portrait of America of the early sixties- products such as Campbell soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles; People such as Jackie Kennedy, and Elvis; symbols such as dollar bills and photos or race riots. Al

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Pop Art, York Factory, Society Cutting,


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