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1 Andy Warhol (1928–1987)Does anyone recognize this artist? What can you tell me about him?
2 Warhol’s Life Born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Sick as a child and stayed home from school for long periods of timeHis mom, Julia, taught him to drawBullet 1: He had two older brothers – Paul and John.Bullet 2: Sick from Sydenham’s chorea, also known as St. Vitus’ Dance, which is a disease of the nervous system.Bullet 3: He spent hours and hours in his room drawing.Andrew Warhola, age 8
3 Warhol’s Life Dreamed of a glamorous life Loved Hollywood, photography, drawing, cartoons, and movie magazinesBullet 2: During his ample free time, he began collecting movie star photographs and putting them in scrapbooks.Andy Warhol's autographed photographs of movie stars, ca. 1940
4 Developing His TalentParents encouraged him to develop his art; he took free art classes in elementary school at Carnegie InstituteParents worked hard to send him to art schoolGraduated from Carnegie Tech with a Fine Arts degreeGirl in Park, 1948, AWFBullet 1: There were a lot of rich kids in the art classes. Andy dreamed of having lots of money some day.Bullet 2: His father died when he was 13 in an accident.Bullet 3: Warhol both impressed and baffled professors with his quirky solutions to problems and his very unique style. He would sell his sketches for 25 cents.
6 Warhol’s Early Career as an Illustrator Andy thought every day objects were beautiful. That’s what he knew, so that’s what he used for his work.
7 Blotted Line Technique Developed a blotted line technique to create whimsical, decorative, and stylish illustrationsWarhol began by making a line drawing on a piece of non-absorbent paper, such as tracing paper. Next he hinged this piece of paper to a second sheet of more absorbent paper by taping their edges together on one side. With an old fountain pen, Warhol inked over a small section of the drawn lines then transferred the ink onto the second sheet by folding along the hinge and lightly pressing or “blotting” the two papers together. Larger drawings were made in sections. Completing a large blotted line drawing could take quite a bit of time and multiple pressings. The process resulted in the dotted, broken, and delicate lines that are characteristic of Warhol’s illustrations. Warhol often colored his blotted line drawings with watercolor dyes or applied gold leaf.(Source:Angel, c. 1957;Female Head, 1950s;Girl's Head, 1950s,
8 At one time, had 25 cats named Sam 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, 1955Always looking for work; drew pictures of shoes and food, portraits of friends, and his catsAt one time, had 25 cats named SamBullet 1: When Andy went on job interviews, he didn’t wear a suit. He wore chinos (khakis), T-shirts, and old sneakers. Instead of a briefcase or portfolio of his work, he carried a brown paper bag. Friends nicknamed him “Raggedy Andy” and “Andy Paper bag.”Bullet 2: Andy finally earned enough money to rent his own apartment, but when his mother visited she said it was terrible – dirty and full of mice. She moved in with Andy. To catch the mice, Andy adopted a Siamese cat named Hester and another which his mother named Sam. These two cats eventually had kittens, which were all called Sam. At one point, it is said that 25 cats were living with Andy and his Mom. Andy did a book of drawings about them. He produced 190 copies of it with the help of his friends and his mother. His mother wrote the names of the cats (all Sam) and his friends helped him paint. Each page of all 190 books was done by hand.A book, 25 Cats Name Sam…, is a set of lithographs produced in collaboration with his mother in the 1950's. The title is not mis-spelled; his mother left the 'd' off 'named', and Andy liked the mistake so much that he left it in.
9 Warhol Wanted to Be a Serious Artist Fame was importantTook everyday items and made them artBullet 1: Andy was a successful commercial artist – drawing and painting every day items for advertising and print (including greeting cards, record albums, and book covers), and he really enjoyed it. He was so busy that he sometimes asked his friends to help him finish the work.But he wanted to become a painter and be recognized as a serious artist. “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England,” he once said.
10 Developed “Pop Art” First artist who was a superstar Famous like Lady Gaga, Michael Jackson, LeBron James, Madonna, and Mickey MouseHe saw work at galleries by younger artists who created work with a sense of fun. He decided to make gigantic paintings of his favorite comic book characters: Dick Tracy, Superman, and Popeye.Then he saw Roy Lichtenstein’s paintings which were similar to Andy’s. He thought Lichtenstein’s were better and realized he had to do something different.
11 Campbell’s Soup I, 1968The story goes that one evening in 1960, his friend Muriel Latow, who owned an art gallery, came to visit. Andy asked her for advice. She said, “You should paint something that everybody sees every day … like a can of soup.”
12 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962 100 Cans, 1962 (oil on canvas) Left: A fine art gallery in Los Angeles showed all thirty-two Campbell’s soup paintings lined up side by side.Over the next two years, he continued to paint a series of Campbell’s soup cans. Sometimes he used stencils exactly alike except for the flavors. Other times he painted enormous individual still-lifes or sad-looking cans with torn labels. He used a variety of media: pencil, ink, crayons, acrylic, and oil.100 Cans, 1962 (oil on canvas)
13 Green Coca-Cola Bottles 1962 (acrylic) 3 Coke Bottles 1962Right: 112 bottlesAn interviewer once asked Andy, “What does Coca-Cola mean to you?”“Pop,” joked Andy, using another word for soda. But he was also referring to the new movement in painting – “Pop Art.”Green Coca-Cola Bottles 1962 (acrylic)
14 Pop Art – “Popular” Strong and powerful prints with bright colors Repeats images to get attentionBright fun colors and familiar images got people’s attention.Cow, ca
15 SilkscreenSo busy that he got help from his mom, friends, and hired assistantsDeveloped “silkscreening”Bullet 2: If one is good, 50 is better. Silkscreen: Andy first did a drawing. He took the drawing to a print shop where it was made into a stencil on a fabric screen. Back in the art studio, Andy placed a large canvas on the floor and stretched the silkscreen over it. He poured paint into a corner of the framed screen and pushed the paint across the surface with a squeegee. Paint went through the porous silk. Over and over, he repeated the same image so “he could be a machine.” When an assistant helped him, the work went faster.Click on link ( to activate video of Andy and assistant silkscreening.This style of producing art with a team of assistants became his trademark. People enjoyed working for Andy, even without pay, because he made projects so much fun.
23 Life Filled with Excitement Made movies that were important in film historyAlways in the newsWealthy and famous artistLived the life he wanted
24 Create Your Own Warhol!In September 2012 the Campbell’s Soup Company issued 1.2 million limited-edition cans of condensed tomato soup with labels inspired by his Pop art go on sale. The specially designed Campbell's soup cans pay tribute to his lively color palette, using orange, blue, pink and teal to spruce up the familiar design. The labels commemorated the 50th anniversary of Warhol's famed art piece "32 Campbell's Soup Cans."
25 The story goes that one evening in 1960, his friend Muriel Latow, who owned an art gallery, came to visit. Andy asked her for advice. She said, “You should paint something that everybody sees every day … like a can of soup.”