Andy Warhol’s work is like a joke: Either you get it or you don’t. For some, Warhol (1928-1987) represents the death of art, proof of our culture’s vacuity and the spiraling decline of Western Civilization. For others, though, Warhol was nothing short of a genius, thanks to his apparently sincere guilelessness and complete lack of judgment about the world around him, using his prints, paintings, and sculptures as vehicles for the things he and the rest of us were actually most interested in. Thus, his paintings of electric chairs and car wrecks reflected our infatuation with death and violence, the portraits of Marilyn and Elvis our idolatry of celebrities, and all those prints of all those soup cans were meant to elevate the lowest-common-denominator products of our consumer society to the lofty realms of fine art.

In his prime, Warhol aspired to producthood himself, blurring the line between his work and his life. Paving the way for the likes of Jeff Koons and Banksy, Andy Warhol was the artist as brand, making explicit the practice of artists from Jackson Pollock to Mark Rothko to make names and careers for themselves via signature styles. Warhol had his signature style, too (swaths of color screenprinted over photographs), but for Warhol, the branded appearance of his art was ostensibly more important than its subject. Naturally, this caused art-world elites great distress. Just as naturally, Andy Warhol appeared unmoved by their complaints.

Which is not to say Warhol’s art was devoid of content. His Flowers series from 1964 pushed against our expectations of what the reproductive organs of plants should look like, rendering them in flat, industrial hues—if you are a fan of lascivious representations of stamens and petals ala Georgia O’Keeffe, you will not find them in a Warhol. On the other hand, his Dollar Signs from the early 1980s are probably the most cheerful and exuberant representations of filthy lucre ever created, as well as being a not-so-subtle commentary on the art market—if the art world is simply a means for rich people to hang testaments to their wealth on their walls, Warhol’s Dollar Signs are happy to oblige.


Best of the Web (“Hall of Fame”)

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History

Metropolitan Museum of Art: Timeline of Art History

Travel around the world through art with this museums collection of over 6,000 works of art, from Egypt to North A… [read review or visit site]



Most watched eBay auctions    

Cambell's Andy Warhol 50th Anniversary Set Of 4 Tomato Soup Can's From TargetS.t. Dupont - Andy Warhol Elvis Presley Fountain Pen,limited Edition Msrp $1,055Vintage Signed Andy Warhol Postcard 'elvis Twice" FramedAndy Warhol Hand Signed Original Vintage Postcard Edie Sedgwick Chuck Klein 1965Andy Warhol Hand Signed Original Vintage Postcard, Marilyn Monroe, Four MarilynsAndy Warhol And Joey Arias Signed Black And White 8x10 Photo Andy Warhol Bela Lugosi Dracula The Kiss Promotional Original Poster27x38 Rare Amazing Original Tempera Marilyn Pop Art Painting Signed Andy Warhol W CoaAndy Warhol Lithograph -- "c Was A Cricket" From "a Is An Alphabet" Series.Unique Tempera, Gouache And Ink Painting, Dollar Sign, Signed Andy Warhol Andy Warhol - Beautifull Dated Autograph - Andy Warhol Two Dollar Bill Jefferson, 1976 Signed Private Collection - - --Andy Warhol "flowers" 1968 Color Transparency Photograph & Documents LotAndy Warhol Two Dollar Bill Jefferson, 1976 Signed Private Collection - -Andy Warhol Two Dollar Bill Jefferson, 1976 Signed Private Collection - Supreme Andy Warhol Tee Sz. LAndy Warhol Marilyn Monroe 1986 Hand Numbered 2218/2400 Lithograph SignedAndy Warhol, Superman Plate Signed Lithograph Hand Numbered1971 Rolling Stones Wild Horses Brown Sugar Andy Warhol Gamma Mex Rock GarageLiza Minnelli Hand-signed Andy Warhol Portrait Pose 8x10 W/ Lifetime Uacc Rd Coa2011 France, 10 Euro Silver Coin ,proof Andy Warhol - $ SignOld Silk-screen Signed Andy Warhol In Pencil - Mom's RecipeTupac Squares Muscle Tee Womans Szm Andy WarholArtie Shaw Both Feet In The Groove Rca Lpm 1201 Orig 1956 Dg Andy Warhol Ex Converse Chuck Taylor Andy Warhol Black Bean Soup #147051c Size Mens 10.5 New!Andy Warhol - Drawing On Paper -Rascal Jaguar Cavalcad Pinup Magazines 3 Iss 62 68 73 Sheila Grayson Andy WarholAndy Warhol - Drawing / Ink On Paper -- ---- - .-Vintage Campbell's Soup Old Advertising Cardboard Box Andy Warhol Pop ArtAndy Warhol Cincinnati Reds Post Card Lot Of 9 Antique 1985John Cale "academy In Peril" Lp Andy Warhol Cover - Lp Near MintHandmade Drawing With Ink And Watercolors,andy Warhol,handmade Paper,numberedAndy Warhol - Drawing / Ink On Paper -- -- -Andy Warhol - Drawing / Ink On Paper -- --Andy Warhol - Drawing / Ink On Paper -- -- - .-Nars Andy Warhol Collection - Debbie Harry Eye & Cheek Palette - Limited EditionNars Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette Self Portrait # 1 - Full Size 0.42 Oz. / 12 GAndy Warhol Adidas 35th Anniversary Shell Toe's La Lakers Kareem Abdul JabbarAndy Warhol Signed Uacc Coa Interview Magazine Autograph Shirley Maclaine CoverOddlots:™ Us ‡ Scott # 3652, 37¢ Andy Warhol, Pane Of 20, Mint, N HCampbell's Andy Warhol Limited Edition Large Mugs 24oz Set Of 28 Old Pez Mini Mint Containers Andy Warhol Marylin Monroe Kisses Panda FlowerRare Org Andy Warhol 25x36 Poster Print Liz Taylor Cleopatra 1963 Pop MomaThe Velvet Underground & Nico - Andy Warhol-cd