Andy Warhol, Prince of Pop
"IN THE FUTURE EVERYBODY will be world famous for 15 minutes." The Campbell's Soup Cans. The Marilyns. The Electric Chairs. The Flowers. The work created by Andy Warhol elevated everyday images to art, ensuring Warhol a fame that has far outlasted the 15 minutes he predicted for everyone else. His very name is synonymous with the 1960s American art movement known as Pop. But Warhol's oeuvre was the sum of many parts. He not only produced iconic art that blended high and popular culture; he also made controversial films, starring his entourage of the beautiful and outrageous; he launchedInterview, a slick magazine that continues to sell today; and he reveled in leading the vanguard of New York's hipster lifestyle. The Factory, Warhol's studio and den of social happenings, was the place to be. Who would have predicted that this eccentric boy, the Pittsburgh-bred son of Eastern European immigrants, would catapult himself into media superstardom? Warhol's rise, from poverty to wealth, from obscurity to status as a Pop icon, is an absorbing taleone in which the American dream of fame and fortune is played out in all of its success and its excess. No artist of the late 20th century took the pulse of his timeand oursbetter than Andy Warhol. Praise forVincent van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist: "This outstanding, well-researched biography is fascinating reading."School Library Journal, Starred "Readers will see not just the man but also the paintings anew."The Bulletin, Starred "An exceptional biography that reveals the humanity behind the myth."Booklist, Starred A Robert F. Sibert Honor Book An ALA Notable Book
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Chapter 1 - Pittsburgh Days 1928–1940
Shirley Temple Black was an American entertainer, most famous as a Hollywood star in the 1930's. (This annotation contains an image)
What plays a major role in the Warhola family?
That is a long time to be apart. Think about how this type of relationship affects the children's upbringing. Does having a strong and loving family change the way a child grows up in poverty?
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Do you think being exposed to affluence contributes to Andy's desire to excel in art and make a better life for himself? Why or why not?
The glamorous life is juxtaposed with Andy's working class status. Andy being exposed to this type of lifestyle will be emphasized later in Andy's life when he starts to become a successful artist.
Chapter 2 - Genuine as a Fingerprint 1941–1945
Which option BEST describes the effect of starting off the chapter with the sudden death of Andy's father?
How does Andy's sexuality contribute to how he interacts with others?
Chapter 3 - Why Pick on Me? 1945–1949
Due to the WWII and the Great Depression, people in the 1940's were very closed-minded and insecure about the stability of the country. Be mindful of the ways in which Andy and the setting interact.
In the 1950s Warhol used a “blotted line” technique to develop a signature style for his illustrations. An example of this technique can be seen below. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 4 - Warhola to Warhol 1950–1951
Throughout the text, the authors use personal to bring to life the fun-loving, charismatic Andy Warhol.
Andy moves to Harlem during his journey to achieve his dream of becoming a successful artist. Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" emphasizes the importance of following a dream. Click the link below to read the poem. (This annotation contains a link)
Explain how Langston Hughes' poem "Harlem" relates to Andy's determination to succeed. Use examples from both texts to support your answer.
Joseph McCarthy was a senator who claimed multiple people had Communist ties. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 5 - Making It 1952–1959
Which of the following is the best synonym for the word sordid?
The manager is indirectly stating how Andy and Mrs. Warhola
The pain of unrequited love (love that is not returned) will affect Andy's future relationships.
During the 1960's, displaying this type of art was shunned. Art that expressed sexuality in this way was not widely accepted as it is today.
Based off this statement, other artists are
Chapter 6 - Pop! 1960–1961
Which images in the picture of Broadway below do you think are easily recognizable? (This annotation contains an image)
Abstract expressionism is a post–World War II art movement in American painting, developed in New York in the 1940s. It was the first specifically American movement to achieve international influence and put New York City at the center of the western art world, a role formerly filled by Paris. (This annotation contains an image)
What do you think? Did Andy intend to create the Coke bottle as a still life or satire on the female figure?
Here is the Coke bottle Andy created. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the highlighted sentence emphasize about Andy?
Here is a shot video about the guide to Pop Art. (This annotation contains a video)
This advice would change things forever for Andy. Here is the famous Pop Art Campbell Soup painting. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 7 - Soup Cans and Celebrities 1962
Here is a picture of Andy using the silk-screen method. (This annotation contains an image)
Explain the significance behind the juxtaposition found in the Marilyn Monroe piece. Reference back to the painting to support your answer.
Here is the image of Marilyn Monroe. (This annotation contains an image)
Nothing beats a person's own instincts. Andy's success is contributed to him staying true to himself.
Quiz Chapters 1-7
Chapter 8 - Fame! 1963
Is this where we get the phrase "fifteen minutes of fame" from? Does Andy want a lifetime of fame or is fifteen minutes enough for Andy?
Here is the image Andy created. (This annotation contains an image)
Think about about how the following excerpt from Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech inspires Andy. "I am not unmindful that some of you have come here out of great trials and tribulations. Some of you have come fresh from narrow jail cells. And some of you have come from areas where your quest -- quest for freedom left you battered by the storms of persecution and staggered by the winds of police brutality. You have been the veterans of creative suffering. Continue to work with the faith that unearned suffering is redemptive. Go back to Mississippi, go back to Alabama, go back to South Carolina, go back to Georgia, go back to Louisiana, go back to the slums and ghettos of our northern cities, knowing that somehow this situation can and will be changed."
Using the excerpt from the speech and Andy's Race Riot artwork, explain the emotion behind his piece. In other words, what inspires Andy to project these images through his artwork and how does it relate to his inner struggles with equality?
Here is the "Race Riot" picture. (This annotation contains an image)
This is the piece Andy caused controversy over. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 9 - Made in America 1963–1964
Which makes the author's use of the exotic bird metaphor appropriate?
The highlighted text is an example of a metaphor. View the video below to refresh your memory on the difference between similes and metaphors. (This annotation contains a video)
View "16 Jackies" and decide how this image represents "classic Warhol." (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 10 - The Swinging Silver Factory 1964
Here is a short clip of the film. (This annotation contains a video)
What does he highlighted statement indirectly tell us about Andy?
Here is another picture by Andy Warhol that creates discussion. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 11 - The Prince of Pop 1964
Andy is assimilating to this culture. This brings up the real question, who is the real Andy Warhol?
Why does Andy use Ultra Violet for his friend's new name?
What mood is created by ending the chapter with "eventually it would backfire?"
Chapter 12 - Poor Little Rich Girl 1965
Wikipedia defines White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) as "an informal, sometimes disparaging or derogatory racial slur for a group of high-status and influential White Americans of English Protestant ancestry".
Andy's rawness may turn people away, but instead of using people as scapegoats, Andy tells the truth (even if it is too raw to hear).
Chapter 13 - The Velvet Underground 1966
Which of the following would best illustrate the word cacophony?
Chapter 14 - Chelsea Girls 1966
How does Andy's statement mirror his own life? Use examples from the previous chapters to support your reasoning.
Do you think Andy is exploiting his actors? Is he using them for his own benefit in filming movies that show the "barest emotions?"
The idea of a generation decline is similar to what Amy Chua, author of "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" says in her book. She states, "In American culture, kids in books, TV shows, and movies constantly score points with their snappy backtalk and independent streaks." She further mentions how her worst fear is generation decline saying "prosperity can never last for three generations."
Quiz Chapters 8-14
Chapter 15 - Enter Fred Hughes 1967
What type of irony is displayed by Andy hiring an actor who looks nothing like him to impersonate him?
After watching the short clip on irony, decide if this statement is dramatic, situational or verbal irony. (This annotation contains a video)
Which word or phrase best illustrates the word euphemism?
Chapter 16 - Shot! 1968
That is a title that would catch someone off guard. What does this say about her character?
What part of the plot diagram would best fit this scene?
So shoot him? Why does Valerie feel she cannot live a life without Andy "controlling" it?
What are these "deeper scars" that cannot heal?
Chapter 17 - Interview 1969–1970
These two ideas do not seem to correlate. Kids and sex? What makes Andy go to the extreme in all aspects of his work?
Which of the following literary terms is illustrated in the highlighted example? This word can be defined as a figure of speech where part of a sentence describes the entirety.
Chapter 18 - Putting My Andy On 1970–1974
It seems as if Julia is dealing with a form of dementia.
Why would have Andy been jailed if he lived in China under Mao's rule?
How do Warhol's actions in the selected paragraph relate to his quote at the beginning of this chapter?
Chapter 19 - Andy Warhol Enterprises 1975–1982
Choose one of Andy's aphorisms and explain its deeper meaning.
Here is Andy's work inspired by Andy's historical views. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 20 - The Last Years 1982–1987
Here is a picture of Andy and Jean-Michel. (This annotation contains an image)
Here is what a graffiti painting looks like. (This annotation contains an image)
Andy and Jean-Michel could be considered