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The American artist Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928 There has been quite a bit confusion to where and when Andy Warhol was born but according to Andys birth certificate that was filed in Pittsburgh in 1945 he was born on August 6th in Pittsburgh Whether or not this is the day he was born hasnt been proved but it was on this day he would celebrate his birthday However there is no doubt that he died on February 22nd 1987 at New York Hospital after a gallbladder operation He is considered a founder and major figure of the POP ART movement But is his art considered art or just a duplication of items In 1960 he produced the first of his paintings depicting enlarged comic strip images- such as Popeye and Superman- initially for use in a window display Warhol pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back It was this technique that enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images- repetitive yet with slight variations- that he began in 1962 These included such items as Campbells Soup cans dollar bills Coca-Cola bottles and the faces of celebrities can be taken as a comments on the banality harshness an ambiguity of American Culture The Campbells Soup is one of the most famous and recognized paintings of Warhol It was done in 1962 and is oil on canvas This painting defines his personal artistic repertoire of low cost consumer items The soupcan is a mass market article of the American consumer and a recognizable symbol of Americans way of life However is this art or a duplication of a soupcan It does symbolize America but a replication of a soupcan is not considered art in my eyes Hes imitating a picture that another person created and taking credit
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