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Andy Warhol: The Intersection of Art and Design

Figure 1. 100 Dollar Bills

In light of recent class discussions about art versus design, I would like to introduce you to Andy Warhol. Warhol is the highpoint at the intersection between art and design. In the 1950s, before Warhol became celebrated in the art world, he was a ‘commercial artist’. Back in the day—when Warhol was alive—the term ‘commercial artist,’ was used for people who were graphic designers. In the 1960s, Warhol, influenced by his commercial artist background, started to explore other artistic outlets like photography and painting. In fact, most of his legendary artworks implements conventional graphic design printing techniques like silk-screening. Case in point, in the early 1960s, the paintings  ‘100 Dollar Bills’(figure 1.) ,‘Marilyn Diptych’, ‘100 Soup Cans’ (figure 2.), and ‘100 Coke Bottles’(figure 3.) and were all created using the silkscreen process. Therefore, if you think art and design are completely different. Or, if you are both a designer and artist; just look at Warhol to remind yourself, that there is some intersection between the two disciplines. In fact, Warhol’s curiosity towards both disciplines revolutionized the art world so much, that designers and artist alike are profoundly influenced by him today! Don’t you want to start an art revolution? I know I do.

Figure 2. 100 Soup Cans’

Figure 3. 100 Coke Bottles’

2 Comments

  1. Emily Krause wrote:

    The essence of design is art. The identity classification as artist or designer is greatly subjective and depends on the definition of the words design and art. I love in your example how you show they co-exist. I’ll join your revolution.

    Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 1:09 pm | Permalink
  2. Ann Kang wrote:

    He is my “NUMBER ONE” artist. I really love Andy Warhol. His artworks always give me lots of inspirations.

    Friday, March 10, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink