Analysis Exercise: Andy Warhol

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Annette Tavernese

Analysis Exercise #9

Andy Warhol is one of the biggest artists to be reckoned with, and will be famous for a very long time. He revolutionized the art world by creating pop art. He created pop art because he was unique. He did not want to be standard with the other artists. He was a symbol of free spirit, and he influenced so many young Americans to be proud of who they are. Andy Warhol was a quirky looking guy, but he had the life. He created some of the best art, met so many celebrities, had social gatherings at the Factory, and got famous for doing what he loved. He made people realize that life is art; a simple image of a Campbell’s soup can makes you realize how grateful you are to have a family and a shelter, not homeless and hungry.

As you look at his work, you get a sense of his life and who he was. His work was a canvas of what he lived through. His stories were in the paintings, and the people who he associated with. He did not create any crazy unique idea and painted a picture that was beyond this world. He just simply took what he was seeing everyday, and made it into a canvas. He created a new ideology of art, and went against the traditional art, such as sculptures. He created most of his work on silkscreen, which was a process that allowed his work to be produced by anybody. He was not selfish with his work; he wanted people to see them.

My research question:

What kind of rhetorical function Warhol’s use of iconic objects in his artwork serves?

I don’t think his work would be so popular if he did not use iconic objects in his artwork. I think using them made him so much better known. Everybody knows the Marilyn Monroe image, and it’s by Andy Warhol. His use of materials such as Campbell’s tomato soup definitely added a whole another level of originality. He wanted to emphasize on America’s fascination with brand-name labels. Turns out, he was right about America being interested in brands. It was the sole...
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