Reading Too Much Andy Warhol

Lucky Strike Watercolor

This morning, I was reading the testimonies of Ivan Karp who was working in the Leo Castelli Gallery in New York City when Andy Warhol, a young struggling commercial artist, walked in with friends and purchased a Jasper Johns drawing of a light bulb.  When asked if he had any “interesting new work” on hand, Karp took the young artist into the back room to show him a recent piece by Roy Lichtenstein.  Warhol’s response: “My goodness, I also have things that look like this in my studio!  Would you come to my studio?”  Karp showed up at Andy’s townhouse the next morning and got his first look at the young artist’s commercial images.  He marveled when he saw the disjunctive between Warhol’s splattered, dripping abstract expressionist-influenced renderings of commercial products on one side, and his clean, tight copies of images on the other.  Karp and Warhol that day both decided that the cleaner images were the better paintings.

As I continue to read daily about Warhol’s development, I realize that my own enterprise as an artist has been nostalgia, yet my recognizable subjects from the past are cast in landscape genre, not still life.  So . . . today I decided for the first time to peruse my collection of antiques and find something to paint up close and personal, with no landscape to house it.  I found this old Lucky Strike tin that I purchased about ten years ago and thought “What have I got to lose?”  And I’m having a genuinely good time messing with this.  I’m not sure when I’ll return to my Colorado hotel or to my Fort Worth Stockyards.  For the moment, I am re-living Pop.

Thanks for reading.

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2 Responses to “Reading Too Much Andy Warhol”

  1. Merv Faulk Says:

    Looks like you have a good start..


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