Pop Art 1- Andy Warhol was a Plagiarist

I will be engaging in a discussion of pop art, as well as other genres, over a period time, but thought I would start with a bang.  Andy Warhol was a plagiarist.

soup cansThis is one of his better known works, although how many different variations he did of this I have no idea.

The point, and why I call him a plagiarist, is that at some point a graphic artist/designer came up with this label.  He or she might not have gotten paid very much for it.  I don’t really know.  All I do know is then Warhol comes along and copies it and everybody swallows the hook line and sinker.  I chose this image because it seems more like an exercise in a color theory class where the professor might say to experiment with different color palettes.  Warhol seemed to like this sort of color variation (I would post other examples of his stuff but really don’t want it cluttering up my site).

You can say that this has bigger meanings, that it speaks to the consumerism of America.  I don’t buy it.  I don’t know if he himself ever mentioned this or if it was just some gallery owner/professor trying to read something into the work that isn’t there.

Also, I can’t say it is particularly original. He may very well have taken the idea from Duchamp’s toilet.  Another bit of passing someone else’s work off as his own.

Duchamp's stolen toilet


I am all for art having something to say.  That’s what it’s for.  But without creativity, imagination and a clear vision, then you are left with nothing, really.

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