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Andy Warhol

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David Zimmerman (fastedy)
Thu, 19 Mar 1998 09:30:03 -1000


I've used Warhol a lot in my high school classes. I think his art is very
important in the context of its time. Many of his commercial
implications/applications of culture to fine art are now common place--but
Warhol was one of the first to suggest them. He really represents his time
and the culture. Students love his work, especially the bright
photosilkscreened portraits. I've done many succesful painting projects
using Warhol as a springboard.

HOWEVER! I do think Warhol's art is a lot more important than Warhol as a
person. I had a well made documentary video on his life which was about 75
minutes long and the kids were bored by it. They, like me, couldn't relate
to the mindless film clips from his movies, the drug scene at the factory,
or his constant blank looks into the camera. I think as teachers we
need to sift through the material and find out what is pertinent to and
suitable for our age group. I have a problem with art history instruction
focusing on artists who are substance abusers, psychopaths and
degenerates. Most are not. Its a common misconception. There are as many
kinds of artist people as there are kinds of art.

Knowing about an artist's life is important, but shouldn't we start with
the work itself? It must stand on its own. Why is it that everyone
remembers Van Gogh cut off his ear but they can't really remember his work?
Art historians love gossip.

Deb Rosenbaum

Always take time to stop and smell the roses... and sooner or later,
you'll inhale a bee.