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Feast of ExcessA Cultural History of the New Sensibility$
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George Cotkin

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190218478

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190218478.001.0001

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Picking His Nose at Tradition

Picking His Nose at Tradition

Andy Warhol 1963

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Feast of Excess

George Cotkin

Oxford University Press

Andy Warhol took over the art world with his pop creations in 1963. Dismissing abstract expressionism’s pretensions, Warhol’s silk-screening method resulted in multiple, albeit slightly different, renditions of various subjects, ranging from Campbell’s Soup cans to Hollywood film icons. He did not ignore the violence in American culture, completing an important series, Death and Disaster, which included various images of the electric chair that had been used in the execution of the Rosenbergs. His exhibition of Brillo boxes raised in the mind of philosopher Arthur Danto significant questions about the very nature of art. Warhol continued to flourish when he moved into film, showing how excess—in the direction of tedium—might open up new doors to perception. In one case, he filmed John Giorno over many hours while he slept—a case of voyeurism and boredom writ large.

Keywords:   Andy Warhol, Death and Disaster series, Empire, Brillo boxes, Arthur Danto, John Giorno, pop art

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