Warhol was an all around artist. Other than using different types of media such as painting, photography, and sculpting, he also excelled in his other endeavours. He was one of the founders of computer-generated art (digital art) and the creator of Interview Magazine which is still currently publishing every month. Moreover, Warhol also produced and managed the famous punk rock band The Velvet Underground who were mostly very well recognised through their album “The Velvet Underground & Nico” which featured a Warhol design of a banana sticker on their cover art.
He also took a liking in filmmaking and created numerous films that were all very artistically driven and experimental for his time.
Some of his early films include:
Blow Job: a 35 minute film featuring DeVeren Bookwalter receiving oral sex. Viewers could only see the actor's facial expression and would be left baffled with what was going on outside the frame.
Sleep: a 5 hour long film of John Giorno sleeping.
Empire: an 8 hour long slow motion footage of the Empire State Building.
Kiss: a 50 minute film featuring different couples kissing for 3 and a half minutes each.
Andy Warhol is truly a huge influence in modern art. Even today, his works and accomplishments have inspired many other artists in different industries. His aesthetic not only tested how people view art and pop culture, but it also made a mark in history wherein a movement was created. What is also very promising about his works, other than his use of famous personas as subjects, is that he showed how everyday materials such as boxes, soda bottles, soup cans, etc. can be utilized in creating art that would somehow become iconic like you'd never expect.
One of the most important things we can learn from this artist is that we should not be afraid to experiment and challenge what "art" really is, that we should not restrict ourselves with definitions made by previous artists but instead, create our own meaning of it.
- Reign Gonzales
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