ANDY WARHOL-COSMIC BASEBALL ASSOCIATION



Andy Warhol

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1997 Paradise Pisces

American Artist

1928-1987

One of the leaders of the Pop Art movement, Warhol's aesthetics echoed the democratization of art. Considered as a reaction to the highly refined Abstract Expressionism, Pop Art's initial claim was to refocus art for the popular culture. All cultural artifacts could become artistic icons...soup cans, movie stars, comic books. Pop Art and Warhol as one of its commandants appropriated every and all images. Early reactions were typical. A 1962 critic of the emergent movement wrote about an unsettling invasion of the:

"pin-headed and contemptible style of gum-chewers, bobby-soxers, and worse, delinquents."

It is ironic that as Warhol gravitated to filmmaking, he began to embrace the old elitist concepts of art. Films like Sleep and Empire did not appeal to the popular culture in the same way that his "Marilyns" and Campbell soup cans did. In fact, as part of the wider American avant-garde film milieu of the 1960s Warhol's films represent films which dealt with and manipulated time as an antagonistic element. Perhaps this is just a convoluted way of describing something that is boring. Many thought watching endless hours of film of the same image was boring. Was that the point? Was Pop art afterall just a visual commentary or pun on contemporary aesthetic values? Warhol was capable of such irony.

On the other hand, in the age of rapid and mechanical reproduction, in an age when anybody could have a print of the "Mona Lisa" hanging on the living room wall, maybe the focus must be on the acquisition of the images. Something deeper than "face value" was searched for. Warhol said that art was about

"[I]mages that anybody walking down Broadway could recognise in a split second--comics, picnic tables, men's trousers, celebrities, shower curtains, refrigerators, Coke bottles--all the great modern things that the Abstract Expressionists tried not to notice at all.''








Andy Warhol
YEAR  TEAM      POS    BA    AB     H   HR  RBI
1991  Vanguards if    .245   388    95    0    4
1992  Vanguards if    .319   251    80    0    4
1993  Pisces    if    .272   335    91    0   16
1994  Pisces    if    .254   338    86    0   28
1995  Pisces    if    .251   606   152    1   43
1996  Pisces    ss    .260   446   116    0   29

      6 Seasons       .262  2364   620    1  124



An Andy Warhol FAQ

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