Interesting Facts About Mahatma Gandhi

April 8th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Mahatma Gandhi, India’s Father of the Nation, led the country’s independence movement through ‘Satyagraha’, resistance to oppression through mass civil disobedience, and ‘ahimsa’, total non-violence. He has inspired movements for civil rights across the world.

Born on October 2, 1869, at Porbandar, Kathiawar in western Indian state of Gujarat, to Karamchand Gandhi and Putlibai, he was married at the age of 13 to 14-year old Kasturbai Makhanji. He had four sons.

Gandhi first employed non-violent civil disobedience in South Africa, in the resident Indian community’s struggle for civil rights. After his return to India in 1915, he set about organising peasants, farmers, and urban labourers in protesting excessive land-tax and discrimination by the British government.

In 1921, he assumed the leadership of the Indian National Congress and led nationwide campaigns for easing poverty, for expanding women’s rights, for building religious and ethnic amity, for ending untouchability, and above all for achieving the independence of India from foreign domination.

Gandhi led the Non-cooperation movement in 1922. To protest the British-imposed salt tax, he led the 400 km Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942. He was imprisoned for many years, on numerous occasions, in both South Africa and India.

Gandhi, a practitioner of non-violence and truth, advocated that others follow the principles. He lived modestly and wore the traditional Indian dhoti and shawl, woven with yarn he had hand spun on a charkha. He ate simple vegetarian food, and also undertook long fasts as means of both self-purification and social protest.

Gandhi was also a prolific writer. For decades he edited several newspapers including Harijan in Gujarati, Hindi and English; Indian Opinion while in South Africa and, Young India, in English, and Navajivan, a Gujarati monthly. He also wrote a few books including his autobiography, An Autobiography or My Experiments with Truth.

On 30 January 1948, Gandhi was shot and killed on the grounds of the Birla Bhavan (Birla House) in New Delhi.

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Soup Facts – Fun Trivia!

March 13th, 2012 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Are you a lover of soup and soup recipes? Besides the great taste and variety that soup has, it also has a wide array of uses in our histories of the world. Here are some known and little-known soup facts that you might find interesting. I did!

o Can you believe that Americans sip over 10 BILLION bowls of soup every single year! That’s a lot of soup!

o Every year, 99% of all American homes buy soup – turning it into a $5 billion business. Whoa! I’m in the wrong business!

o Who eats more soup?. Men or women? Well, for a typical lunch, women seem to be more than twice as likely to eat soup as men. Statistics say, 9.6% vs. 4.0%.

o When was the earliest evidence of our ancestors eating soup? About 6000 BC! And guess what kind of soup it was? Hippopotamus!

o So, in the late 1700s, apparently the French King was so enamored with himself that he had his royal chefs create a soup that would allow him to see his own reflection in the bowl. Sheesh! But as a result, consommé (clear broth) was born.

o Since we’re talking about the French here’s another interesting tidbit of soup lore that I had to include on this Soup Facts page. In the French Court of Louis XI, the ladies’ meals were mostly soup. Guess what the reasoning was? They were afraid that chewing would make them break out in facial wrinkles! If this were true today, it would put plastic surgeons out of business!

o This one cracked me up! And yet, it’s a fact that intertwines fashion, eating utensils and of course, soup! Here it is: Why did thin soups became all the rage in Europe during the 17th century? The spoon was invented. (How did they eat soup before the spoon???) Why was the spoon invented? Because of the latest fashion trend: large and stiff ruffles that the men and the women of the high courts wore around their necks. (I bet that’s how clowns got their ideas for their costumes!) The design of the spoon was to accommodate wearers of those large ruffles and keep themselves from getting dripped on!

o The first liquid nourishment most babies get is the milk from the mother’s breast, often times called “Milk Soup.”

o Frank Sinatra always asked for chicken and rice soup to be available to him in his dressing rooms before he went on stage. He said it always cleared his mind and settled his tummy.

o Another famous person who loved soup was Andy Warhol. He told someone that he painted those famous soup cans because its what he had for lunch – every day for 20 years!

o Soup has always been known as the curative for any ailment of the heart, mind, soul and body… and this old Yiddish saying says it best… “Troubles are easier to take with soup than without.”

o “Of soup and love, the first is the best.” – from an old Spanish proverb. (Sometimes, I think that is very true!)

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Facts About Pop Art Paintings History

December 26th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Pop art is an art form first introduced in Great Britain, towards the end of the 1950s. It was brought about by artists who wanted to take the stuffiness out of ‘abstract expressionism’, and bridge the gap between art and the public. This they did by including everyday objects like flags and soup cans in their paintings.

The birth of pop art was to ridicule the monotony that a section of artists associated with abstract expressionism. At the point of time, both the American as well as the British society was recuperating after the World War II, and these artists took potshots at the materialism all around and included objects like Coke cans and comic strips in the paintings. Artist Jasper Johns used the American flag to a large extent, Roy Lichtenstein gave prominence to comic strips, and Andy Warhol made soup cans famous, while stuffed animals were Robert Rauschenberg’s choice of object. These artists included everyday objects in their paintings to make them more appealing to the common man. Art before that was largely confined to the high echelons of society, and the abstract art form was not understood by the layman. Pop artists changed all that by replacing the monotony of art with humor and relevance to daily life.

Pop art did receive its fair share of criticism, as art critics though it was a cheap effort to popularize everyday objects as symbols of art. American society, on the other hand, welcomed pop art with open arms, making it what it is today.

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11 Amazing Autistic Famous People

December 19th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Many think that a diagnosis of autism means a child is doomed to a lonely life devoid of any accomplishments. History has proven this theory to be false, and many people with the higher-functioning forms of autism have gone on to do great things. There are some autistic famous people who though may have struggled initially can be an inspiration to children with autism, or their parents.

Autism does not have to be a dark and lonely existence. Some autistic children are very bright, and they have a personality to match. No one with a disability should be underestimated, and this goes for those with autism as much as for anyone with any other condition.

Though it has not been proven, some speculate that Albert Einstein may have had a high functioning form of autism. Because he is no longer alive, there is no way he can be diagnosed. However, these theories are popular, and they are attributed to some behaviors that he demonstrated, and that he was, in his own words, very much a loner and did not feel particularly connected to anyone, even his immediate family members. He was brilliant with math, but by some accounts, did not begin to speak until the age of two or three. He would often become so involved in his work that he would forget to eat meals and if a lecture he was giving drew no observers, he would lecture anyway. Again, this is just a theory, but it would appear that this assumption could be valid.

Jason McElwain is probably one of the more recent and most inspirational story of a person with autism. He was the manager for his school basketball team at a high school in the suburbs of Rochester, NY, and practiced shooting hoops for hours on end all by himself. Though he was not technically a member of the team due to height and skill level, he loved the game so much he stayed with them. He was allowed to play in the last four minutes of the last game of the season, and scored an astonishing 20 points during that time, some of them from three point range. Most players can’t score that high throughout an entire game! He has become an inspiration to many with autism or those with autistic children.

Actress Daryl Hannah was said to have been diagnosed as ‘borderline autistic’ at the age of three, but has gone on to have a successful career as an actress. She is probably best known for her role in the movies Splash and the Kill Bill series.

Andy Kaufman (died 1984) was well-known for having a very strange and outlandish sense of humor. He is another actor thought to have had autism.

Two very well known artists, Vincent van Gogh and Andy Warhol may have had autism. They exhibited many traits of those with higher functioning types of this condition, and were seen as ‘eccentric’ and brilliant. Autism is thought to be the root cause for their bright and unusual personalities and life choices. Though Courtney Love is not perhaps the best example of what someone with autism can do, it is noticed that she was diagnosed at age three as ‘mildly autistic.’ She has had her ups and down, but her band Hole did enjoy some success.

Perhaps some of the most well-known people to have this condition were born before an actual diagnosis could be made. That means that these autistic famous people have a diagnosis that is based on speculation and things that they were known for when they were alive. Many of these people are important for both historical reasons, and for bettering the world in a number of ways. Examples are Sir Isaac Newton (mathematician), Wolfgang Mozart (composer/musician), Charles Darwin (naturalist/scientist), and Michelangelo (painter/sculptor/architect/poet).

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History of T-Shirt Printing

December 2nd, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Who thought to print onto t-shirts? Well it all began in 1700 where it was introduced to Western Europe from Asia as ‘Screen Printing’. It became largely recognised when silk mesh was available and this is why the term ‘Silk Screen Printing’ is used these days.

Samuel Simon was responsible for the patency of ‘Screen Printing’ in 1907. Clothing wasn’t the first product the process was used to print onto it was actually invented to produce expensive wallpaper for the wealthy and was printed on many types of fabric, silk and linen were the most popular types. The newly mastered techniques weren’t produced by many they were kept under strict secrecy and the workshops were very hard to come across.

By 1910 the printers started to experiment with different types of chemicals, as photography had become a well established technique they started to adapt these techniques to produce their silk screens. It was three gentlemen called Roy Beck, Charles Peter and Edward Owens who actually invented the first photo-Imaged stencil, this was a combination of chromic acid salts which produced the emulsion and this was the beginning for large format silk screen printing.

Combining Roy Beck, Charles Peter and Edward Owens discovery with Joseph Ulanos lacquer soluble stencil, they had a solid base to make screens which could then be made into stencils. The solution applied to the screens would dry this could then be cut into shapes leaving the ‘silk screen’ which the ink was passed through producing your printed clothing or wallpaper.

Now they had invented the technique the question was what other types of materials could the technique be used on? Artists where the ones who used screen printing the most and where it became main stream, they produced posters, Books, Newspapers and Clothing.

1960′s was when it became a famous technique, Andy Warhol started using traditional techniques and adapting them to produce his pieces of art with one of his most famous one being the portrait of ‘Marilyn Monroe’.

These techniques were produced on a single screen and it wasn’t until 1967 when inventor ‘Michael Vasilantone’ came up with the multiple printing carousel. From this date screen printing had revolutionised and you could now print multi coloured design onto textiles.

Here after ‘silk screen printing’ was looked at differently and you could now print onto most types of textiles or clothing with the most fashionable one being t shirts. T Shirt Printing is used within the fashion Industry, Promotional Industry and is a well known technique all over the world. There is always new techniques being invented, the old ways of CMYK or 4 colour process has become dated as full colour simulated process or 12 colours has become the default technique used by most professional screen printers.

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Campbell’s Soup Cans by Andy Warhol

November 21st, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. Warhol is best known for his exploration of Pop Art and for making multiple images of mass produced objects. His most famous work of this type is the Campbell’s Soup cans.

The Campbell’s Soup cans series was first exhibited in 1962 at Warhol‘s first solo pop art exhibit. The showing took place in November of 1962 at Eleanor Ward’s Stable Gallery. The collection consists of 32, 20 by 16 inch canvases. The canvases were displayed on a shelf and the intent was to resemble an isle in a grocery store. Each canvas has a different flavor of Campbell’s soup. There are 32 canvases because, at the time, Campbell Soup Company produced 32 different varieties of soup. The canvas depicting tomato soup was the first of the series. This exhibition at the Stable Gallery also included the famous Marilyn Monroe images.

There is no evidence that Warhol intended the canvases to be displayed in a particular order. Today, the Museum of Modern Art, in New York, displays the canvases in chronological order of which they were completed.

When Warhol began painting the cans in 1962, the Campbell Soup Company actually sent out lawyers to investigate. Campbell’s executives could not have been prepared for the tremendous impact the paintings would have on their sales. Warhol would actually sign cans of soup and then sell them as souvenirs.

In 1997, the Campbell Soup Company acknowledged the importance of the paintings, not only for the company, but for the Pop Art movement, by sponsoring the ‘Art of Soup’ Contest. The winning piece was a sheet of stamps depicting the soup cans. Each stamp showed a different flavor of Campbell’s soup. The individual responsible for the stamps was given a $10,000 check at a ceremony at the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

Warhol often used everyday images in his work. He believed that art was intended for all people, not just a select few. He used popular images in order to appeal to the masses. The soup can series challenges the idea that art must be creative and original. Warhol claimed that he was inspired to use the soup cans in his work because, as a child, he would eat Campbell’s soup every day. He wanted to paint something that he thought was beautiful yet something that people see every day and never really think about it. Many people believe that the Campbell’s Soup can series is responsible for shaping the Pop Art movement. His work has inspired a generation of artists to find beauty in everyday items and to see art in even the seemingly mundane.

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Andy Warhol Museum – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – A Visitor’s Guide

October 29th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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The Andy Warhol Museum features exhibits and collection of twenty century modern art. Located on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, the museum is one of the Carnegie museums of Pittsburgh. The museum is open Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. The price of admission is $15 for adults, $8 for children, and $9 for seniors. The museum has a café and a store.

Andy Warhol was a visionary and pioneer in contemporary art. He brought mass production to the fine art world and merged fine art and pop culture. The museum shows more then twelve thousand works by this great talent. The exhibits range from paintings, to prints, to sculptures, to video tapes.

Current Exhibits

Two of the current exhibits at the Andy Warhol Museum are Piet and Glenn Kaino. Piet is a Dutch artist best know for his Neo-Plasticism. This exhibit has 24 paintings ranging from 1907 to 1937. One of the paintings in the collection is Composition with Yellow, Red, Black, Blue and Grey which is a classic painting in the Neo-Plasticism style of lines and colors. The Glenn Kaino exhibit will consist of pieces created between 2000 and 2007. Glenn Kaino is an American born sculpture and some of his pieces include Desk Top Operation: There’s No Place Like Home, A Plank for Every Pirate, and Simple Systems for Dimensional Transformation.

Permanent Collections

The art collection ranges Andy Warhol‘s life, from the 1940′s to the 1980′s. Of the permanent exhibits, one is a room created by Andy Warhol named Silver Clouds. Also on display, adorning the entrance way, are a series of self portraits of Andy Warhol. The museum exhibits some of his most powerful works, his paintings of death and disaster, painted in 1962 and 1963. Warhol‘s enlarged paintings of everyday things such as the paintings Coca-Cola, Telephone, and Campbell’s Soup Cans are more of the artist’s works on permanent display. Warhol‘s silk screenings are also exhibited on the pop art side the museum exhibits. his movies, such as Sleep and Empire, are shown in their own gallery. The film collection also includes restored films, such as Outer and Inner Space and Hedy.

The Archive

The Andy Warhol Museum also contains an archive which not only has information about Andy Warhol, but also about the time period he worked in. The archive is open to the public for exhibition and study. Items in the archive include press clippings and interviews with Warhol, as well as the materials he used to create his works. Warhol‘s Time Capsules are also located in the archive.

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Ice Cream: The Delicious History-Book Review

October 5th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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In the White House what was often on the menu that George Washington was wild about and Presidents Madison, Andrew Jackson, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Richard Nixon would not do without? The answer is ice cream, without a doubt. Ice cream was also declared “morale food” by the US army during World War I. These tidbits of information I learned from Marilyn Powell’s book, “Ice Cream: The Delicious History.”

Powell must have a true passion for ice cream to have gone to such great lengths to bring her readers the history and the legends of ice cream with so much enthusiasm. The book is as tasteful as the frozen dessert of cream, sugar, and eggs most of us enjoy, and the author’s writing style is not frozen at all, but warm, animated, and engaging.

The history of ice cream is universal, and it starts with the oldest of times, Biblical maybe, when snow was a precious item and people collected it. There were ice pits in ancient Britain dating to Iron Age. Then in old Greece, Hippocrates, father of medicine, warned people against eating it, because the stuff suddenly threw “the body into a different state,” but people ate it anyway. Even Marco Polo might have seen it sold on the streets in China.

During the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, stern Europeans had to be cajoled to let the cold stuff enter into their bodies, since most illnesses were blamed on the ice cream. Yet, convincing the Europeans proved not to be too difficult, given the flavor of the dessert.

Elaborating on the stories of ice cream and its variations like the banana split, Powell carries the history of the dessert through Europe and the United States to Andy Warhol‘s ice cream cone paintings to our day.

To adorn all these embellished facts, “Ice Cream: The Delicious History” has delightful drawings of old ice-cream makers and contraptions, old and new ice cream recipes, President Jefferson’s Vanilla Ice Cream recipe, and another one for the Black Cow Soda.

According to the book’s publisher, the author, Marilyn Powell has taught at Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. An award-winning writer, broadcaster, and producer, her work has been published in Saturday Night, The Canadian Forum, and Books in Canada. Her short stories have appeared in Toronto Short Stories and Aurora III. Powell has a Ph.D. in English literature from Harvard University.

The book is in hardcover with 256 pages and ISBN: 1585677973.

It is quite fitting to end this article with Powell’s own words in the epilogue. “Ice cream is a pleasure, a triumph, a treasure of invention. As Voltaire is said to have remarked, ‘Ice Cream is exquisite. What a pity it isn’t illegal.”

Enjoy the book. I did.

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Campbell Soup of Andy Warhol

August 1st, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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Burton Snowboards and the Andy Warhol Foundation have a common, limited edition hardgoods and collection of software products presented at the Snowsports Industries of America (SIA) show in Las Vegas, Nevada. This type of a collection of art brings with it some esoteric Andy to snow and includes snowboards, boots, bindings, clothing for men and women, and a thermal travel bag collection all featuring iconic Warhol prints. The collection is available for purchase in early August of 2007Burton at the best retailers around the world.

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Learn how you can effectively Wealth Management Richer

July 26th, 2011 No Comments   Posted in Andy Warhol

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After a lot of money is definitely fun. You can go travel the world in one day announce, buy new things all the time, and still have all the time, relaxing and not working them hard. But like everything else in the world, nothing is without consequences. With a lot of money can also be problematic, especially if you do not know how to manage your money properly. If you want to make sure that your property has been for a long time for your children and their children for the pastenjoy, remember, these tips asset management continues and may eliminate the headaches that come with handling money.
Remember that money is not permanent – maybe you've won the lottery, or you have just saved a lot over the past five years. Whatever the reason for the purchase of your new wealth, it is important that you let into his head. Nothing is keeping the duration, especially money, especially if you spend without investing in suitable companies and businesses. Before eachAction needs to be done, it should be noted that effective asset management starts with the right frame of mind DC. You need to focus on making the job of asset management. This is the biggest secret of all billionaires.
Spend wisely – now that you have the right mood for the management of the money created is the first lesson, to spend wisely. Think you want to buy what you are thinking then about seven times if you really absolutely necessary to purchase the item. Some saythat the best buys are the ones who is also a good investment, which increases in value over time.
Follow proper asset management philosophy DC – invest your money, not spend the rest of your money and invest the rest. Some people get an adrenaline rush and pocket money buys everything. Then at the end of the day, which will invest only what is left of their money. If you really want your money to multiply, flip your attitude and start doing the opposite. Theit will take some time before your money and just keep spending, regardless of the level where it is used, but in the long run, you'll see that you are happy for them.
Andy Warhol said: "Think rich in a bad light." There is another good philosophy to follow, because it gives you an idea of ​​what you invest in more. Instead of relying too much on looking good, consider how you can invest with the good-good money management, and focus to make a good deal.
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