Andy Warhol became a leading figure of the Pop Art movement that rose to prominence in the 1960s. By blurring the lines between high art and mass culture, Warhol changed the perception of what art could be. His art was controversial in his day, and his legend continues to inspire debate. This iMinds biography encapsulates the colorful life of Warhol, born Andrej Varhola to working-class Czech immigrants, and focuses on his commerce-based artistic career and status as an icon. Elouise Rothwell performs with a brisk manner, remarkably managing to mix a list of Warhol's career achievements alongside astute art criticism.
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Andy Warhol came to public attention as one of the leading lights of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s. Since then his art and legacy have polarised art critics and the public alike. This thin, pale, asexual man in a silver wig has been described as both a genius and a charlatan. His art, and maybe more importantly his approach to art, have taken him out of the galleries and museums into the public arena. Love or loath his work most agree that he broke down the divide between high art and mass culture.
Crucial to Warhol is this paradox: As an artist who approached art from its commercial perspective he pointed out how art is debased by money. That for all the theorizing and romance, art is a commodity in our consumer society.
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