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Andy Fucking Warhol: Consumerism Art for the Contemporary Consumerist

         

By: Famo



Hello. It’s Famo again. Thank you for taking the time out of your day to go ahead and read the bullshit that I have to say. Not going to lie, right as I finished that sentence a giant fucking arachnid crawled over my backpack and I nearly shit myself at the very sight of it. Where is Damien Hirst when you need him? Bet he would show that fucking eight legged bastard to never fuck around again. But, today we aren’t here to talk about Hirst. No, no, no, today I am going to talk about the king of Pop Art, Andy Fucking Warhol. And for those who don’t know, ‘Fucking’ was Warhol’s middle name, because all he did was fuck everyone over. But hey, I love their work, I mean his work, if anything, he’s one of my favorite artists that has existed and without Warhol the world would be a totally different place.

         To start things off, for those who do not know who Andy Warhol is, maybe you are too young to even be reading these articles on FakeCurrator, as there is a lot of fucking fowl language on here and even an article over the paintings found in pornography (great article by the way), but since you are here I’ll give a little info about the silver haired thief. Andy Warhol was a painter, sculptor, photographer, and most importantly, printmaker. His most famous works are screen printed photos of celebrities in bright contrasting colors, with his most famous being a group of screen printed images of a can of Campbell’s Soup. Since most of works were screen printed, this allowed Warhol to not make one, two, or three of the same artworks in a super fast paced manner, but it would allow him to make hundreds even thousands of the same fucking images in different variants that most of the time weren’t even his own. Another reason Warhol was able to make so many of these pieces, was because 99% of the time, he wasn’t even the fucking artist creating these pieces. Warhol had a whole fuck load of workers working in his studio ‘‘The Factory’’ that were getting paid the absolute minimum to slave over creating numerous quantities of artwork so Warhol over there could put his name on them and go sell them for thousands at a time to collectors that literally wiped their asses with money they just had laying around.

         Now I’ll talk a little bit about how I feel about Warhol and his artwork. I am going to start it off by saying one thing about Warhol; the dude was a mother fucking genius. Funny thing is Warhol was so air headed that some people speculate whether he knew he was a genius, or if he even knew what the fuck was going on half of the time. After all, the 70’s and 80’s were a confusing time everyone. One could only do so much cocaine and heroin before becoming a legendary fucking artist. In all reality, Warhol’s success was basically based off of knowing the right people at the right time. If you surround yourself with successful people, you’re most likely going to be successful, and if you surround yourself with unsuccessful people, you’ll end up like me (this is my call for help). Anyways, Warhol was basically not only the king of pop art, but the king of marketing, he just knew the right places to put himself at the right times, except for that time where some crazy feminist lady attempted to assassinate him, that was bad timing, very bad timing.

         When it comes to Warhol’s working methods and his artwork alone, once again, the guy was a fucking genius. In a time where abstract expressionism was dominating the fine art scene, it was time for something new, something crazy, and something wild. Atlas, Pop Art emerged. Nowadays Pop Art is everywhere you fucking look. It’s one of the most sought after styles of art, and it still lives on through many of today’s artists (inserts McDonalds fry box image). But at the time of its emergence, nobody would have ever thought that popular objects or popular people, could be turned into a piece of art, it was basically blasphemy to the fine artists at the time. So then you have Warhol step into the fucking picture and he says “hey, I can do this shit” and he totally fucks up the art market by creating multiples of his consumerism driven work through the process of screen printing. Galleries didn’t even know what to fucking do when they saw about fourty fucking images of variant cans of soup enter through their heavenly gates. Umm.. is that satan walking in? Nope, it’s Andy Fucking Warhol.

         Warhol turned fine arts into mass consumerism. It was never about the artwork being fine and it was never about being someone you weren’t. When I look at Warhol’s artwork I connect with it, and so do thousands if not millions of other people. In a world where fine art was made to be understood by fine artists, Warhol stepped in and made artwork for the everyday people so that anyone could connect with. And to be honest, that may be just why Warhol is still disliked by many artists today, because he opened the doors of the art world to the public. And of course because most of the time he didn’t make his own work, but to be honest, if I had that much money, maybe I would consider hiring people to do my artwork as well, after all, Takashi Murakami does it too.

         In the end, Warhol will forever be a legend. His creations and his take on the pop art movement will forever live on and without him the world and the art market would not be the same. Although his work most likely wasn’t even made by him, the concepts of his ideas were simple yet genius. So as I sit here at the local arachnid infested lake, and I see a Campbell’s chicken noodle soup wrapper floating in the water, I thank you, Andy Fucking Warhol, for not letting me see a piece of trash that is polluting the water, but instead seeing a work of art that is making the lake an easier place to understand.

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