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5-13-2020

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Besides the most famous works like Marilyn and soup cans, Andy Warhol left us with a lot of works and questions together due to his public image. We know Warhol's LGBTQ + and Byzantine Catholic identities, but these seemed peripheral to an understanding of his art, which is segregated at the public and private levels. This binary oppositional divergence and contradiction constitute Warhol's Life. Warhol's life as a Byzantine Catholic does not seem to fit our impression of the conservative tradition of Orthodox Christians. But for Warhol scholars, what they obtained through the surface did not explain all his art and life. It is not straightforward to analyze his real thoughts only by watching his works. Although many scholars today have analyzed Warhol's queer identity by reviewing works, including his paintings and films, this cannot fully represent the full image of Warhol. The believer Warhol and queer artist Warhol should be treated on the same level. This paper instead attempts to show that Warhol's practice focused on his painting career, influenced by religious images and Catholicism, provides a fresh interpretation outside the current academic mainstream on Warhol's scholarship on his queer identity. The overall structure of the study takes the form of five sections, including 'adolescence,' 'mundane and spiritual worship,' 'life and death,' 'absurdity and veracity,' and 'the necessity of return.' To explain the religious impact in works of different periods, each part from the aspect of image and content combines the artist's experience.

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Absurdity and Veracity: Religion in Warhol's Paintings

Besides the most famous works like Marilyn and soup cans, Andy Warhol left us with a lot of works and questions together due to his public image. We know Warhol's LGBTQ + and Byzantine Catholic identities, but these seemed peripheral to an understanding of his art, which is segregated at the public and private levels. This binary oppositional divergence and contradiction constitute Warhol's Life. Warhol's life as a Byzantine Catholic does not seem to fit our impression of the conservative tradition of Orthodox Christians. But for Warhol scholars, what they obtained through the surface did not explain all his art and life. It is not straightforward to analyze his real thoughts only by watching his works. Although many scholars today have analyzed Warhol's queer identity by reviewing works, including his paintings and films, this cannot fully represent the full image of Warhol. The believer Warhol and queer artist Warhol should be treated on the same level. This paper instead attempts to show that Warhol's practice focused on his painting career, influenced by religious images and Catholicism, provides a fresh interpretation outside the current academic mainstream on Warhol's scholarship on his queer identity. The overall structure of the study takes the form of five sections, including 'adolescence,' 'mundane and spiritual worship,' 'life and death,' 'absurdity and veracity,' and 'the necessity of return.' To explain the religious impact in works of different periods, each part from the aspect of image and content combines the artist's experience.