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From Celebrity Fan to Celebrity Magnet
Notes taken by Edward Tanguay on April 24, 2014 (go to class or lectures)
Choose from these words to fill the blanks below:
appropriation, wig, high, Pittsburgh, 1953, 1928, Rosenquist, studio, machine, celebrities, photographs, existing
Andy Warhol's early life
interest in                        began at a young age
collected signed portraits of Hollywood stars
Mae West
Shirley Temple
was born in          and grew up in                      where he is now buried (died in 1987)
made his name as an artist in the early 1960s
paintings of everyday household objects: Coca Cola bottles, Campbell Soup cans
probably most well-known for the paintings he produced throughout the 1960s of celebrities including Marylin Monroe, Liz Taylor, Elvis Presley, and Jackie Kennedy
the celebrity paintings
used already                  images
used images repeatedly, e.g. Marilyn Monroe's picture from the          film "Niagara"
the process of                            is one of the main ways Warhol is connected to the movement called "Pop Art"
Roy Lichtenstein took images from comic books and blew them up to scale
James                      would combine images of cares, airplanes, spaghetti, lipstick, etc. all taken from advertising
unlike abstract expressionist movement of 1950s (e.g. Pollock)
pop art was concerned with the distinction between popular culture and          art, putting familiar objects into gallery spaces
challenged the idea of artist as creative visionary
pop art raised the question: are pop artists really just thieves?
Warhol's career
repetition was a key factor
he said, "he wanted to be a               , everyone should want to be a machine"
a double Elvis, Marilyn 50 times
attention is being drawn to the ubiquity of machine mediated images
with Marilyn repeated 50 times on the canvas, we stop seeing the celebrity and instead notice the silk-screening errors, the smears of paint out of alignment, the minor ways the very same image can be inflected sa versions
large number of silkscreens
hundreds of movies
472 screen tests, short silent films of people who passed through the doors of his             
shot at 24 frames per second but projected at 16 frames per second, so slowing them down
screen tests weren't auditions for roles in larger movies,
he was attempting to create his own system of stars and celebrities by using the same people over and over again in his films
end of sixties
visual identity: platinum       , sunglasses, and a persona
notoriously difficult interviewee
"uh, yes"
"uh, no"
"gee, I don't know, what do you think?"
70s and 80s
socialized with major stars
regular at nightclub Studio 54
produced portraits of the celebrities around him, worked from                        that he took


######################### (1893-1980)
American actress and sex symbol known for her bawdy double entendres
  • controversial and had constant problems with censorship and the repetitive sameness of consumer culture
######################### (1928-2014)
American actress who began who film career in 1932 at the age of three
  • as an adult, she entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia

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Ideas and Concepts:

Hitherto unknown fact of the day via tonight's Andy Warhol class: "As an adult, Shirley Temple entered politics and became a diplomat, serving as United States Ambassador to Ghana and later to Czechoslovakia."
Significant 20th and 21st century art vocabulary word of the day, via this morning's Andy Warhol class: "appropriation, n. "the taking over, into a work of art, of a real object or even an existing work of art, the use of pre-existing objects or images with little or no transformation applied to them, the act of recontextualizing the objects in the world around us."
From Celebrity Fan to Celebrity Magnet