The Birth of Cool: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1963-1964

The Birth of Cool: Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1963-1964

Andy Warhol is well known for creating pop art in the 20th century. He is well known because he’s always hiding behind plastic surgery and wigs. He states, “that I want to be a machine, and I feel whatever I do and do machine-like is what I want to do.” This means he’s always looking to be perfect and by creating this image, that’s exactly what he does. Andy Warhol creates the sixties cool with his pop art creations. Lichtenstein, Oldenburg, Wesselman and Rosenquist are all acknowledged as leading Pop artists alongside Warhol in the 1960s, only “Andy” has become the personification of the very era and the glamor he immortalized. He is Pop art! His famous Pop art started when Ivan Karp of the Leo Castelli Gallery, suggested to Warhol that he paint his first self-portrait. “You know, people want to see you. Your looks are responsible for a certain part of your fame, they feed the imagination,” was what he said to Warhol. Pop art is used to have artists express their inner emotions. This type of art has been used since the Renaissance. This image of Warhol is to perceive Andy Warhol’s inner emotions. Here he is trying to show a person deliberately hiding from the scrutiny of the camera lens and the glare of public exposure. This was accomplished by using a photobooth and unique ideas. He wanted to allow people to be in the photobooth and bring about their fantasies in the pictures as if they were in front of their bathroom mirror. Warhol’s self portrait is used to express his ideas of artificial and personal image. He is seen as someone who wears different wigs and likes plastic surgery, and that is how his image is portrayed. This is the real him.


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