|"Hollywood Juliet," 2.5 x 3.5" paper collage and paint marker|
I also recently finished Camille Paglia's Glittering Images, which has an interesting essay on Warhol's Marilyn Diptych, calling it "Sun and Rain."
"Marilyn's life is portrayed in all its sun and rain. On the left, we see her blazing glamour as a cartoonish symbol of the Hollywood studio system which created her but, as it broke down, could no longer protect her. On the right is the real, humdrum, daily Marilyn, the eclipsed Norma Jeane Montenson struggling for identity. The black-and-white images, streaked like soot stains or sodden newsprint, seem bathed in tears, the misery of a shunned Magdalene."
I also went to see this interesting exhibition at the local Block Museum. It juxtaposed Edward Steichen's portrait style with Andy Warhol's. Steichen photographed the rich and famous as members of an upper class, showing luxury and style. Warhol photographed them as interchangeable parts, fitting his more democratic philosophy. It takes skill to take a great studio photo, but anyone can use a Polaroid.
–Andy Warhol (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, 1975)