Andy Warhol was a writer, philosopher, filmmaker and artist whose portraits of soup cans, celebrities and the social scene made him the best-known figure of the POP ART movement. Warhol gained success as a commercial artist in NY, doing ads and illustrations. He pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen, then placed on a canvas and inked from the back. This technique enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images - repetitive, yet with slight variations - that he began in 1962. These, incorporating such items as Campbell's Soup cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and the faces of celebrities, can be taken as comments on the banality, harshness, and ambiguity of American culture. The implications of his work have proved essential to the postmodernist movement.


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