Andy Warhol:

Window on the World

Matthew Palczynski / Temple University

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Andy Warhol saw sublime beauty in the ubiquitous things many of us take for granted, from what we eat and drink to the icons we admire. For him, art was everywhere, and he revealed this reality to his viewers one work, one performance, one film at a time. In a postwar world where mass production and commercialism threatened to chip away at uniqueness, he celebrated the assembly line, in what he created and how he made it. For these and other reasons we’ll explore, Warhol was one of the great visionaries and mirrors of his time.

Recommended Reading:

Warhol, by Blake Gopnik

Andy Warhol – From A to B and Back Again, ex. cat., Whitney Museum of Art

Warhol: Conversations about the Artist, by Patrick S. Smith

Warhol: The Biography, by Victor Bockris

Discussion Questions:

  1. How are Warhol’s works related to his life?
  2. In which ways was he an innovator?
  3. What role does Warhol’s fascination with celebrity play in his work?
Matthew Palczynski

Temple University

Matthew Palczynski holds a Ph.D. in art history and has been teaching at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art since 2004, where his focus is on vanguard art post-1850. He has lectured extensively at colleges including the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford University, and for organizations such as The Barnes Foundation, Road Scholar, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago.

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