The turbulent 1960s ignited an impressive and wildly prolific time in Warhol’s life.
He co-founded Interview Magazine; appeared on television in a memorable episode of , his own television programs for MTV and cable access.He also developed a strong business in commissioned portraits, becoming highly sought after for his brilliantly-colored paintings of politicians, entertainers, sports figures, writers, debutantes and heads of state.“The big question that the Cambrian Explosion poses is where does all that new information come from? More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.Some point to the shock of this event as a factor in his further embrace of an increasingly distant persona.
The brush with death along with mounting pressure from the Internal Revenue Service (stemming from his critical stance against President Richard Nixon), seem to have prompted Warhol to document his life to an ever more obsessive degree.
He would dictate every activity, including noting the most minor expenses, and employ interns and assistants to transcribe the content of what would amount to over 3,400 audio tapes.
Portions of these accounts were published posthumously in 1987 as .
Building on the emerging movement of Pop Art, wherein artists used everyday consumer objects as subjects, Warhol started painting readily found, mass-produced objects, drawing on his extensive advertising background.
When asked about the impulse to paint Campbell’s soup cans, Warhol replied, “I wanted to paint nothing.
Now considered avant-garde cinema classics, Warhol’s early films include , which feature unflinching portraits of friends, associates and visitors to the Factory, all deemed by Warhol to be in possession of “star quality”.