The Artist Birthday Series

Andy Warhol

 

Despite his continued success, the late 70’s and early 80’s brought Warhol criticism for becoming merely a “business artist”. In 1979, reviewers disliked his exhibits of portraits of 1970s personalities and celebrities, calling them superficial, facile and commercial, with no depth or indication of the significance of the subjects. In hindsight, however, some critics have come to view Warhol’s superficiality and commerciality as “the most brilliant mirror of our times,” contending that “Warhol had captured something irresistible about the zeitgeist of American culture in the 1970s.”

Warhol and friends, a rare outing to go rollerskating, 1980
Warhol and friends, a rare outing to go rollerskating, 1980

Warhol had a re-emergence of critical and financial success in the 1980s, partially due to his affiliation and friendships with a number of prolific younger artists, who were dominating the “bull market” of 1980s New York art, such as Julian Schnabel, David Salle and other so-called Neo-Expressionists, as well as members of the Transavantgarde movement in Europe, including Francesco Clemente and Enzo Cucchi. Warhol also worked in sculpture and photography, and during this time period he also moved into television, hosting Andy Warhol’s TV and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes on MTV.

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