chapter  14
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Postscript: The world after Warhol

In the last chapter we discussed Andy Warhol, his psychological development and its implications for his artistic career and aesthetic innovations. By emphasizing Warhol's perverse approach to art, culture and aesthetic values, and his aim to subvert and critique virtually everything that the modern western art world believed in and valued, I may have created an impression of Warhol as simply an iconoclast and a rebel ± which of course he was. However, Warhol's ultimate in¯uence has been enormously positive, and once we move beyond his antics, provocations and perversions, we can see how he liberated the contemporary art world in ways which continue up to the present day. Most importantly, Warhol altered the psychological function of art and challenged common assumptions about the creative process and the artist's relationship with his artwork and audience in ways which have stimulated innovation and productivity across the art world.