WHY IS ANDY WARHOL FAMOUS?

If you haven’t yet heard about Andy Warhol you need to read this and educate yourself about one of the most well-known twentieth century artists.

Picasso and Warhol are considered the most influential artist of 20th century.

Andy Warhol was born in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He emerged from the poverty and obscurity of an Eastern European immigrant family in Pittsburgh, to become a charismatic magnet for bohemian New York, and to ultimately find a place in the circles of High Society.

Warhol worked in many different forms of media. He was:

  • a Pop art painter,
  • an installation artist,
  • an exhibition curator,
  • a writer,
  • filmmaker and film theorist,
  • a comercial illustrator,
  • a photographer,
  • a band-leader (the Velvet Underground),
  • an actor and model,
  • a TV soap opera producer,
  • a magazine editor and publisher,
  • window designer,
  • a businessman,
  • a collector and archivist…

Warhol’s work is exploring the connection between celebrity culture and artistic expression. 

Andy Warhol was responsible for the rise of POP ART

Warhol’s artworks introduced a fascinating new form of artistic expression. He unveiled the concept of Pop Art in 1961 and showcased a collection of paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. In 1962, he exhibited his iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans.

Andy Warhol by Jack Mitchell

In 1964, Warhol opened his own art studio called ‘The Factory’, where he worked and liaised with society’s elite.

Warhol’s personal life remained a mystery to the public until the day he died. Warhol died unexpectedly in New York in 1987 following a gallbladder operation. The Andy Warhol Foundation was founded that same year in accordance with the artist’s will.

“If you want to know all about Andy Warhol, just look at the surface of my paintings and films and me, and there I am. There’s nothing behind it.”

ANDY WARHOL, THE EAST VILLAGE OTHER, 1966

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Written by ArtExploit