Archive for April 21, 2012

Artists who paint food…Andy Warhol…

low price range: prints of cakes can be had for $10 on http://www.allposters.com

high price range: 100 million

The artist was a great businessman and was a celebrity spokesman for many products. In this short clip he is working for Burger King and eating one of their sandwiches.

See the many commercial replicas of Warhol’s soup cans here. Pins, prints, and even a souper dress made from Campbells soup labels. It was their way of going green back in the 60s and 70s, recycled clothing. If you are in Denver you can see one of these dresses at the Vance Kirkland Art Museum.

Overall I think this artist is my favorite. He loved the idea of the business of being an artist.  He was super successful as a commercial artist. He went on to produce wonderful independent films. He accomplished many dreams in his life going from rags to riches but never got to Hollywood.

I often think to myself the internet was tailor made for Andy.

The artist was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and he died in 1987  from complications during a surgery. He was nearly killed by a woman who had sent him a screenplay to be made into a film.He lost the play and kept telling her he would send it in the mail. The lady went to the factory and shot Warhol, who thought for sure he was dying.  He was taken to the hospital and an Italian doctor recognized the artist and led an operation team that worked on him for five hours.

He attended college at Carnegie Institute of Technology  in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  from 1945 to 1949. Right after college he moved to New York City, had many roomates, and started to establish himself as a commercial artist.

First solo show dealt with Truman Capote and it was in 1952.

Warhol founded the Interview magazine in 1969. Went to the School of Visual Arts in New York City in 1978.

He made his own television show for cable in 1982. He created a show called Fifteen Minutes for MTV in 1986.  He was so far ahead of his time, MTV now shows far more reality television than new music videos.

The artist’s works are similar to the Dow Jones in that by following sales of his works one can view the strength of the art market as a whole. Warhol made a painting titled the Nine Elvises and it was sold for 100 million dollars.

For todays art homework go to your favorite ice cream parlor, order your favorite dessert, and then paint or draw it first!

Happy painting!

D