The Warhol/Palin Connection?

Wed, Oct 1, 2008

In a recent article in The Nation titled Andy Warhol Would Have Loved Sarah Palin, Patricia J. Williams writes about some similarities she believes exist between Vice Presidential Candidate Sarah Palin and Andy Warhol's celebrities. A highlight:

Warhol is known for having minimized or even disguised his expressive role in the works he produced; yet he re-presented banal commercial images in ways that were playful and captivating despite their erstwhile familiarity. His explorations with the "kitschy," the "cheap" and the "ordinary" involved small cognitive surprises that were at once obvious and subtle: He'd disclose a pattern of layered color or he'd shift scale in a way that upended conventional meaning or he'd reiterate an image so emphatically that "mass" production was revealed as obsessive. What Warhol did with Mao Zedong and Marilyn Monroe is precisely what the Republican Party has done with Sarah Palin.

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Jean Dubuffet, Vaches au pre (Cows in a meadow), 1954

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