One more passing thought on Andy Warhol…the role of technology in art. A quick refresher, Andy’s mom barely spoke English and they were very poor. Andy was a sickly kid and his mom would feed him Campbell’s soup everyday and give him coloring books.
Coloring books in the 50’s were a relatively new technology, the crayon being invented at the turn of the century and contemporary education philosophy blossoming in a post-war baby boom.
Andy “could” draw but by far enjoyed the coloring book experience as a way of creating art. From childhood, I remember that the challenge of the coloring book experience was to stay in the lines, but, more importantly, to apply an even field of color.
As a graphic artist, Andy would use a monotype technique to create outlines that he would later “pay” assistants to fill in. His discovery of silkscreen showed his attraction to the concept of applying a color field in a mechanical way vs. by hand. Andy was never interested in being a “silk screener,” his idea was to fill in a coloring book in a mechanical way.
So, Andy Warhol, coloring book aficionado? What do you love?
People always come up to me and tell me they would like to make art, but, they “can’t even draw a stick figure.” Andy showed us that somewhere in our past, in our childhood, we connected with something visual. He elevated something so basic as a coloring book to being some of the most valuable art in existence today.
What do you love?