It often takes an eccentric, innovative mind to induce change. Andy Warhol revolutionized art as we know it, and become the pioneer of modern art.
In the 60s and 70s, Warhol created and nurtured the counterculture that went against society’s conservative views. He embraced everything that was off beat and imperfect. This is expressed in his art, he was clearly not scared of coloring outside the lines.
Warhol’s legacy is his iconic multi colored portraits of celebrities and his colorful, expressive art.
And who can forget his portrayal of consumerism, the Campbell Soup display. Warhol was an innovator because he did not care what others thought about him and his art, he marched to the beat of his own drum.
During the 60s, Warhol gathered artists, writers and musicians at his studio, “The Factory”. He liked all things bohemian, and if you were wildly different, you were probably welcome at the Factory. His studio was a gathering place for celebrities, where drugs flowed freely.
Many films shot at the Factory were meant to shock and go against all that was conservative and accepted as the norm. The concept of free love started to gain popularity in the late 60s and Warhol was a part of the sexual revolution with many of the movies he made at the Factory.
Warhol loved celebrities and was known for his famous friends and wild parties. He painted portraits of Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, Liza Minnelli, John Lennon, and Diana Ross.
He loved Hollywood and all things that sparkle, he is quoted as saying, “I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. They’re so beautiful. Everything’s plastic, but I love plastic. I want to be plastic.”
His wild, white hair and polo necks became his trademark.
Warhol left his mark on our creative pop culture not only through his art. In 1969 he founded Interview Magazine, and in 1979, the New York Academy of Art.
He is aptly remembered through art, the sculpture on the left above is found in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the one on the right in his beloved New York City.
Looking back Warhol seemed to be born at the wrong time, he was so wildly different than his contemporaries and his art and vision is just as relevant today as it was during his time.