There was more to the Pop Artist than commentary on mass production and an obsession with celebrity culture. Behind the shelves of soup cans was a close-knit queer community. New York City, the new post-World War II art capital where Andy Warhol lived, worked and loved, became the nucleus of an American artistic society that was turning and facing the strange. Warhol was just as much a creator of this movement as he was a product, realizing, as he did, that identities are not inherited but created. This essay and accompanying website suggests that through Warhol’s artistic experimentation and an examination of the constructability of human identities, he began to blur the borders that entrapped gender and sexuality both in his art work and personal life.
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