THE ARTIST AS CONDENSATE

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Amongst the central features of the post-war years was the massive enlargement of a snowballing culture industry, which over a fifty-year period steadily rolled to the center of economic and social life. Warhol began his career as a commercial artist at a time in which commercial artists and fine artists could be clearly distinguished. The former group worked for clients, and the latter for higher powers, whether social, aesthetic, therapeutic, political. By the time of Warhol’s death, this clear distinction had smeared, by way of a movement which passed directly through Warhol. The artist as condensate.

For more on this topic, see  “Warhol and Sons” in the November Art Monthly

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