Andy Warhol

Never 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 masterpieces. 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 Institute of Technology with a bachelor degree in
pictorial design. After graduating he moved out to New York City, where his
life blossomed. He lived for a couple of years with Philip Pearlstein, who he
had met at school. Warhol, with his education centered around design, set out
to begin his career on the right foot.