This is an Official Postcrossing card I received from China! This one is a work of art done by American artist Andy Warhol, one of the leaders of the pop art movement. The pop art movement broke away from the “fancier”, traditional art forms and instead embraced pop culture and mass media, with subject matter pertaining to things like cartoons, comics, advertisements, and modern celebrities. Unlike Dadaism (which I talked about in my post on Duchamp), the pop art movement seemed to be a proponent of capitalist culture and the products that came from it. Anyway, Warhol – born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (my state) – started his artistic career as a commercial artist in the 1950s, illustrating for “Glamour” magazine. He later turned to the pop art movement and began painting things related to comics and advertisements. You might know of his Coca-Cola or Campbell’s Soup works, which are good examples of this. Warhol was known for his silk screen printing, which is a process where the artist transfers a picture (in a photograph, for example) to a sheet using a mesh and a stencil… little hard to describe, but I did get the chance to see a video of modern screen printing. Kinda reminds me of the woodblock printing of Japan that I talked about back in December! Warhol’s prints used vibrant colors, which were influenced by his earlier commercial artwork. The work on this card is part of his Dollar Sign screen print series. Unlike his screen prints of well-known people like Mao Zedong and Marilyn Monroe, this one used an image made by himself (it wasn’t taken from anywhere else). Warhol made a ton of dollar sign screen prints, symbolic of the shared nature of art and wealth, particularly in that they are both signs of luxury. One of his famous sayings on buying paintings goes: “I think you should take that money, tie it up, and hang it on the wall. The when someone visited you, the first thing they would see is the money on the wall.” All I can say is: $AVAGE! Thank you so much for sending me this neat postcard!