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07th Aug 2009

Birthday Tribute to Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol’s short life, from August 6, 1928 to February 22, 1987 gave him enough time to change the art world. The changes he originated in painting, printmaking, publishing and video to inspire us today.

The greatest compliment and honor one artist can pay to another is to be inspired by the other’s work. Being inspired does not mean being a copy-cat. Artists are a lot like scientists who build on the discoveries and work of other artists. Only the greatest artists can impel and inspire the ongoing flow and changes in art.

For me, one of those great artists who inspire is Andy Warhol.

As an artist Warhol’s work continues to inspire and effect my own. He is one of the greatest artistic influences on my work. His use of symbols in Pop Art, especially in his later work, mutates through other artists such as Jasper Johns and Word Artists like Jenny Holzer and Lawrence Weiner to become the strokes of my Post Conceptual Art in the twenty-first century. Warhol’s influence on my work becomes visually obvious with my Essence Portrait of him. It was my first of the portraits and it inspired the rest of the series. It is created out of small strokes of the original alpha-numeric, phonic and binary symbols that are original to Psalm 19, which is also my favorite psalm.

Psalm 19 (Andy Warhol)

This image was recently used by Interview magazine — Warhol’s magazine– as their avatar of Twitter and also posted on Facebook

Today, in honor of Andy Warhol’s birthday, I’m posting my first prototype altered version of a basic Essence Portrait. Again, in homage, I’m parodying Warhol’s own Double Denied. It is part of a presentation and work I am creating for a new series about social media. This series uses avatars, including portraits.

So Happy Birthday Andy Warhol. Thanks for changing how I see the world.

Psalm 19 (Andy Warhol Double Denied)

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Judy Rey Wasserman is an artist and the founder of Post Conceptual Art theory and also the branch known as UnGraven Image Art. Download a free copy click: Manifesto of Post Conceptual Art– A Painting’s Meaning is Inherent in its Stroke.
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2 Responses to “Birthday Tribute to Andy Warhol”

  1. heizel Says:

    ..i love arts of andy warhole…
    im his number one fun in terms of arts activity…
    i used to do his famous andy warhole effect on my pictures…

  2. Monday Madeleienes – Andy Warhol, State Farm, OK Go, Betty White, Digial Down Day Says:

    […] Birthday Tribute to Andy Warhol Artist and author Judy Rey Wasserman (@JudyRey on Twitter) of Southampton, N.Y., posted a tribute to Andy Warhol on her blog. She describes Warhol, who was born August 6, 1928, and died February 22, 1987, as “one of the greatest artistic influences on her work.” In honor of Warhol’s birthday, Ms. Wasserman posted her first prototype altered version of a basic Essence Portrait of Warhol, which will become part of a presentation and work she is creating about social media. I found her bio quite fascinating, and I think you will, too. Brought to our attention by @JulieFarin. […]

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