Just The Surface Never The Thoughts

Andy Warhol, “Warhol in his own words: Untitled statements (1963-87)

Pop artist Andy Warhol aimed to reach a mental state of detachment with his artworks, unlike most artists that use the processes to reach a destination of thoughtfulness or awakening. Warhol produced works centered on the mundane or boring icons in American’s culture. One of Warhol’s paintings that best show his style and focus is his Coca-Cola (3) (1962) painting. The focal point is, of course, the large Coca-Cola bottle on the left side of the canvas; painted in black along with the Coca-Cola logo they are the only things in the painting. Warhol’s paintings are easily recognizable. Any viewer can look at the painting and tell immediately that it is a Coca-Cola bottle. This recognizable style fits in with Warhol’s creative process of being mechanical and aloof. Unlike other artist, such as Pollock, who used the abstract as a way to reach a state of transcendence, Warhol used mechanical precision to reach a lack of thought. Selecting such a well-known item such as the Coca-Cola product highlights the mass-consumerism in this country. In the article Warhol talks about the very product of Coca-Cola and the consumers that buy it. “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest.”(342)

While Pop art was Warhol’s forte, he began in commercial art and had wished to finish in business art; he talked about how he saw business as one of the highest forms of art. Along with paintings and silkscreens, Warhol was involved in films; he believed films should touch people where their purest desires are. Warhol’s view on films was the same as his views on artwork, it should be realistic. Andy Warhol’s Film Project had a lasting effect on its audiences. During the time of his filming, it was said that many people had accused Warhol of being evil, because he simply recorded things as they happened instead of trying to help or stop them. To this accusations Warhol replied, “You can’t make them change if they don’t want to, just like when they do want to, you can’t stop them.”(346) Warhol’s works, which all focused on the mass consumerism, have had a profound impact on America’s society, lasting long after he has past. Here is a list of some of his most famous artworks: 10 MOST FAMOUS PAINTINGS BY ANDY WARHOL.

-Danielle Riggs

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