Friday, August 13, 2010

on warhol & the "striking image"

"The implications of Warhol's move to silk-screening, and to photo silk-screening in particular, were tremendous. Traditional, manual virtuosity no longer mattered. The fact that Warhol could draw [and he could] had no bearing on his art now: how an artwork was made ceased to be a criterion of its quality. The result alone mattered: whether or not it was a striking image. Making art became a series of mental decisions, the most critical of which was choosing the right source image: Warhol would contend some years later, 'The selection of the images is the most important and is the fruit of the imagination'" (Scherman & Dalton 113).

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