Not many people know that before he made it big, Andrew Warhol, as he was known, worked as a commercial illustrator for Betty Crocker cookbooks which may or may not explain his interest in Campbell Soup cans. The present volume offers a brief overview of his life and work as a pioneering artist.
Tate Introductions: Andy Warhol is part of the popular series that offers a concise introduction and pictorial overview of the greatest modern artists and artistic movements. Warhol's work reflected and commented on contemporary themes in American society: consumerism; celebrity; mass production; disaster and death. To capture these ideas he used a wide range of iconic images: Coca Cola; Marilyn Monroe; Elvis Presley; the electric chair; the crashed car; the race riot; and the atomic bomb. His openness to subject matter was matched by a willingness to explore all media, resulting in his innovative approach to painting, photography, drawing and printmaking, and his influential activity as an experimental filmmaker.