Andy Warhol

ever before have I encountered more intriguing works of art than those
done by Andy Warhol. I have been curious about his life ever since I saw
his work in Milwaukee. I saw his famous work of the Campbell's Soup Can.
By viewing this, one can tell he is not your average artist. I'm sure his
life is full of interesting events that shaped him into who he was. As an
artist myself, I would like to get to know the background of his life. I
may then be able to appreciate his styles and understand why and how his
works were created. His life is as interesting as his artistic
Andrew Warhola (his original name) was born one of three sons of Czech
immigrants, somewhere in Pennsylvania on either August 6, 1928 or on
September 28, 1930 (the date on his birth certificate). His father died
when Andy was at a very young age. Thus, it forced Andy into a deep
depression containing lack of self confidence. Much of his young life has
been kept secret. However, he did report being very shy and depressed
because he never felt comfortable with his homosexuality. His childhood
life may have been full of the torture that children threw at him for
being the different person he was. He was able to attend college. After
graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in pictorial design from
Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, he went to New York City with
Philip Pearlstein, who was a fellow student that later became a well-known
realist painter. In 1960, Warhol finally began to paint in earnest and to
view art seriously as a career. He began his career with commercial
drawings of women's shoes. In 1961, an early manifestation was his Dick
Tracy, an enlarged version of the comic strip that was placed in the
window of Lord & Taylor's department store. He followed in his own
footsteps to keep going in the ever-so-famous pop art track. Warhol's
use of images are so close to the images themselves, thanks to the
photographic silkscreen technique, which is a process of applying the same
image over and over again without changing the original. In 1963, he began
turning film into his next aesthetic. He was the recorder of the world
around him. Warhol saw this world as populated by hustlers of various
sorts, motivated largely by money and the goods it would buy. Later that
next year, he started to experiment in underground film. In the late 70's
he began to use sex and nudity to gain attention in his films. Whether
this was moral or not; it did, however, work. The rest of his short life
was spent visiting with celebrities and keeping up with the world's times.
He tried to understand how the rest of the world saw things, but just
never got there. Sadly, Warhol died of a heart failure on March 9, 1987,
still wearing his famous blond hair wig.
Andy's diaries are not actual written records of his day to day accounts,
but they are audio recordings of his phone conversations to Pat Hackett
every Monday through Friday (from Wednesday, November 24, 1976 to Tuesday,
February 17, 1987, just weeks before his death). Warhol originally
intended these daily records to be documentation of his minor business
expenses. He was just audited and felt the need to be extra careful. In a
word it was a diary. But whatever its broader objective, its narrow one,
to satisfy tax auditors, was always on my mind (Warhol xvi). Later on, he
felt the diaries were a great way to explain his everyday occurrences for
more than a decade of his life. This view of his life from his eyes is
probably the most balanced view ever given. He may have changed since the
60's, but it is still the truest representation of Andy, himself. He never
expressed the key happenings of his life; it's as if we, the readers,
already knew them. He just usually mentions the quick everyday type things
such as a cab ride to uptown New York.
The first major influence on Andy Warhol's life was the stepping stone of
his artistic career, his enrollment in and completion of Carnegie