Short Research Essay on Andy Warhol and His Influences on Identity

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Artist Andy Warhol was a pioneer of the pop art movement in the 1960’s. He helped to liberate society and crush boundaries in American culture. Warhol’s work paved the way for people to embrace and explore themselves as individuals and break the social norms. Prior to the 1960’s people in America were very conservative on their views on society and what was socially acceptable. People were divided into categories based on class, gender and race. Warhol broke the mold of modern conformity and challenged idealist visions making alienation, loneliness and being an outcast a trend. America in the 1960s had an ongoing battle with equality within its culture with race, gender and class being the main catalysts. Warhol’s work focused mainly on fame, money and tragedy. He broke down typical stereotypes bringing a sense of social equality to everyone, at least where art played a part. He has been quoted saying “In the future everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” This is because Warhol made a point to take every day people and mediocre stars such as Edie Sedgwick and turn them in to superstars. Sending the message to millions of Americans that anyone had the potential to be famous and being eccentric was a good thing. Warhol’s work catered to the general public and all members of society, blurring the lines between race, gender and class. You no longer had to be an elitist to enjoy fine art but rather a human being. It was during this time that Warhol started painting ionic American objects such as the Campbell’s soup cans, Coca Cola bottles and celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor. Often poking fun at American consumerism, conformity and the loss of individuality. Warhol changed how the world viewed simple things. Giving the public a new perspective. He was making a bold statement about being different. These prints were his way of pointing a finger and laughing at mass production and traditionalism. Giving the public a chance to view things in a...
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