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Madea's Family Reunion movie poster

Madea's Family Reunion movie poster

Andy Warhol style movie posters

Two recent one-sheets have embraced a familiar “Andy Warhol style” of silkscreened artwork. This familiar pop art panel technique created by the legendary artist can be seen in the recent Madea’s Family Reunion movie poster and the Factory Girl movie poster (which isn’t surprising for Factory Girl, as it is one of several films to cover Andy Warhol’s life).

A cultural icon (at least for “15 minutes”) and the definitive artist of the American 1960s Pop Art movement, Andy Warhol was a true pioneer, who focused his experimental nature into art, music, and film. His embrace of painting and silkscreening supported his interest in mass produced art featuring mass produced items — including illustrating everything from soup cans to celebrities. Warhol even had assistants working at his art studio (known as “The Factory”) producing countless copies and variations of his silkscreen artwork.

Marilyn Monroe silkscreen prints by Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe silkscreen prints by Andy Warhol

This serialization of his art, most notably of Marilyn Monroe, was often presented as several different proofs together as one piece, resulting in his familiar spilt-screen multiple panel style artwork.

Taking Warhol’s embrace of consumerism as subject matter further, a psudeo “Warhol style” can be applied to your favorite photos, even images of your pet. You can find several tutorials attempting to achieve a “Warhol effect” in Photoshop, or even try your hand at coloring Marilyn Monroe online in a Warhol style.

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3 Comments

  1. adminApril 30, 2006 at 11:22 AMReply

    We finally got to see a few Andy Warhol Marilyn Monroe prints at the High Museum in Atlanta GA:

    http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/2478/warholathigh0nv.jpg

  2. Factory Workers « Posterwire.com « the movie poster weblogDecember 11, 2006 at 1:10 PMReply

    […] The contest is an interesting contrast to the themes surrounding Andy Warhol and “The Factory” (which is a backdrop to the film’s story of 1960s “it girl” Edie Sedgwick) and how others produced Warhol’s pop art. Could the contest be seen as the modern equivalent of all those Warhol assistants reproducing all those Marilyn Monroe prints? […]

  3. Factory Workers « Posterwire.com « the movie poster weblogFebruary 8, 2008 at 8:54 PMReply

    […] story of 1960s “it girl” Edie Sedgwick) and how others produced Warhol’s pop art. Could the contest be seen as the modern equivalent of all those Warhol assistants reproducing all […]

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