In the comments section of this video, YouTube user Bridget Orozco states,
[H]ow is using the flood tool painting? I’m classically trained in analog and digital mediums but f*** did I have to learn things like anatomy and color theory, composition among a billion things. I never liked this guy’s craft required no talent.. notice I call it a craft not an art, and not even a good craft.
Maybe this is part II of my previous post, but this video and the comment, I think, go hand in hand with Arthur Danto’s book chapter, The Philosopher as Andy Warhol. The comment above is a firm example, shown by Danto, “…to the very art that Warhol’s critics saw as mindless and meretricious.” While the critics are having an easy time saying what they believe is art, I do not believe they are creating a supporting argument as to why this is not art. As we see in the video above, Andy just sits there and clicks a few buttons in order to create a portrait. Sure it appears to be very easy and as if anyone can do it, in fact this could go with the fact that he was not the one creating every piece of work that went out with his name on it. He created the work through his factory artists, which is how he was able to champion the idea of mass produced art. Was your Marilyn Monroe silkscreen made specifically by Andy Warhol and him alone? Probably not, but it was created in the process that he saw what art could be.
Maybe Warhol’s factory process was in fact a way for him to challenge what people wanted to view as art and if that is the case, he definitely succeeded well up until his death in 1987. However, Danto states on page 69 that Warhol’s artwork had little do to with the pretensions of the artworld and I disagree with that statement. I think a lot of Warhol’s artwork had a lot to do with with the pretensions of the artworld, due to the fact that we are still having this debate today. Andy said anything and everything can be art, but what I have heard no one dispute, is that there is an artist behind the design of the Brillo Box, the Campbell’s Tomato Soup Can, or an image painted using the Commodore Amiga. These designs facilitated Andy Warhol’s artwork and made us realize that an artist is always working behind the scenes.