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Discovering Warhol at the IMA

When I think Andy Warhol I think a few cool quotes that people sometimes put in the “favorite quotes” section of their Facebook profiles, I think of bright-colored portraits of Marilyn Monroe and, of course, pop art. But what is pop art, really? What is the artistic investigation that Andy Warhol immersed himself in during the late 50s, and into the 60s and 70s?

By definition, pop art challenged tradition by asserting that an artist’s use of the mass-produced visual commodities of popular culture is contiguous with the perspective of. Pop removes the material from its context and isolates the object, or combines it with other objects, for contemplation. The concept of pop art refers not as much to the art itself as to the attitudes that led to it.

Two friends and I traveled to the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA) on a sunny Saturday last week, ready to plunge into the bright, flashy and fabulous era that defined the 60s and 70s.  What I personally discovered was that Andy Warhol was so much more than a man who created popular contemporary portraits of starlets, he was an icon and a true artist whose creations ranged from shop window designs and commercial illustrations to the world of TV, film and magazines. He set out to explore the world of commerce and art and translated his interpretations into famous works that many of us recognize today.

The more famous money portraits and dollar sign paintings welcome visitors and although the exhibit features some of Warhol’s more popular Coke and Campbell’s soup cans, the IMA also features illustrations-for-hire that Warhol created in the 1950s for publications such as Harper’s Bazaar. The exhibit does an amazing job at taking a step into and walking through the life and career of one of the most iconic, controversial and celebrated artists and public figures of the 20th century.

The Indianapolis Museum of Art premiered their Andy Warhol exhibition on October 10 which is set to be featured through January 2, 2011. At $14 a ticket, this is an exhibit well worth your money, and if you’re friends with IndianaLeafCam on Foursquare and you check-in at the IMA through November 13, 2010, you’ll receive an exclusive discount via email for the Andy Warhol exhibit!

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