Thursday, March 3, 2022

Netflix “The Andy Warhol Diaries” Review

The Andy Warhol Diaries chronicles the legendary and remarkable life of Andy Warhol. The six-part series gives us an intimate look into the artist’s own posthumously published diaries. The series traces Warhol's unbelievable journey from humble beginnings in Pittsburgh PA. Warhol became one of the most influential artists who ever lived but started out as an illustrator for ads in fashion magazines. Both revered and reviled Warhol was a larger-than-life figure. 

Warhol was intensely private regarding his personal life. This series truly reveals much about the very complex man through his own words. The Andy Warhol Diaries deftly validates Warhol’s belief that the idea is not to live forever but to create art that will.

andy warhol and jean-michel basquiat

Warhol rose to prominence through his pop art style. Pop art is all about making art inspired by things from popular culture. Warhol was famous for exploring the popular culture in his work.

Popular culture is anything from celebrities, movies, television, and even the products we consume. One of Warhol's most famous works was a  print of Campbell’s Soup – a popular brand of soup in the United States. He said he ate Campbell’s tomato soup every day for lunch for 20 years!

Warhol was a frequent user of bright colors and silk screening techniques.  He liked using screen printing to mass-produce artworks. Warhol felt are should be mass-produced like many other commodities. He often used photographs of celebrities, like Marilyn Monroe in his works. 


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