OUR INSPIR ATION
"Andy Warhol's innovation"
CARNEGIE MELLON UNIVERSITY WRITING ABOUT: ANDY WARHOL SCHENLEY // 1945
f you are from Pittsburgh, you have more than likely passed by the iconic Andy Warhol Museum. Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928 and attended Schenley High School as well as Carnegie Tech. He then moved to New York, where he spent the rest of his life as a revolutionary American pop artist. He explored silk screening techniques and made artwork that questioned if art could still be art if it was commercialized and geared towards making money. Though he was almost assassinated in 1968 by radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas, he died of complications after a routine surgery in 1987. When I was little, I felt that I had a magical connection to Warhol because my grandmother is buried in the same cemetery and Warhol’s mother’s name was Julia, whom he depicted in a lot of his work. I also went to CMU for my BFA, which is where he attended college when it was “Carnegie Tech.” In fact, when I worked at the School of Art, I was cleaning up some of the old files in the “attic” of the building and I came across one of Warhol’s transcripts! One of the classes he had to take was Hygiene and his grade was a D. Luckily, I’m not quite that similar to Warhol! Warhol inspires me because he was such a complex individual who took many risks as an artist. Some have even devoted their life’s work to studying Warhol. As an artist myself, especially now that I am out of college, I find Warhol even more inspiring because I’ve begun to truly understand the challenges of creating profitable art while still keeping true to one’s artistic values, styles, and concepts. He received a lot of criticism for his art and lifestyle yet he always continued forward, making breakthroughs that have helped shape the art world as we know it today.
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