Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Is Warhol's Art Worth its Weight in Wigs?

In class we watched the clip of a critic addressing Warhol's works, and there were definitely no punches pulled. He claimed that Warhol was among one of the stupidest people he had ever met, and questioned why anyone would wish to by into such nonsense. Now, I personally like Warhol as he helped to usher in the age of pop art and change the artistic climate of the time. He also inspired many other artists that had a great effect on contemporary music, most notably David Bowie and the Velvet Underground. So you may hate Warhol and his soup cans, but can you deny that the likes of Bowie and the Velvet Underground must have seen something in his work to be admired? Without Warhol, there is no Ziggy Stardust or "Walk on the Wild Side." You do  not have to enjoy his art, but I at least ask you to consider its significance. I believe the world would be a much more boring place if Andy Warhol had never donned the white wig, and that would have been a tragedy indeed.

Below is the song Bowie wrote about Andy Warhol, which appeared on his brilliant third album Hunky Dory.

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