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Andy Warhol
(1928 1987) Painter, Printmaker, Filmmaker
Andrew Warhola (Andy Warhol)
Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
on August 6, 1928 to working class parents who
had emigrated from Slovakia. His father workedin
a coal mine. In 3rd grade, Andy became ill with
complications from Scarlet Fever. While sick in
bed, he drew, listened to the radio, and
collected pictures of movie stars.
Warhol studied commercial art at the school of
fine arts at Carnegie Institue of Technology in
Pittsburgh. In 1949, he moved to New York City
and worked as an illustrator for magazines
advertising. He was hired by RCA records to
design album covers and promotional materials.
Sprite Heads Playing Violins (1948)
Female Fashion Figure (1950s)
100 Dollar Bills (1962)
He had his first exhibition at a gallery in 1962.
His art was dubbed Pop Art. He made art out of
every day objects, like Campbells soup cans,
dollar bills, and Coke bottles, as well as doing
portraits of celebrities.
He called his art studio the factory, and
surrounded himself with lots of other artists,
poets, musicians and writers. He began making
silk screens of his work a process of print
making where many copies of an image can be
reproduced. His work was popular and
controversial. Critics said it was too
commercial. This prompted a big question What
is Art?
Marilyn Diptych (1962)
Whats great about this country is that the
richest consumers buy the same things as the
poorest. The president drinks Coke, Liz Taylor
drinks Coke, and you can drink Coke, too. A Coke
is a Coke, and no amount of money can get you a
better coke. All the cokes are the same and all
the cokes are good. Andy Warhol
100 Coke Bottles (1962)
Daisy Waterfall (Rain Machine) (1971)
In 1968, a disgruntled fringe member of The
Factory shot Andy Warhol. He was wounded
seriously and barely survived. He would suffer
physical and emotional side effects of the ordeal
for the rest of his life. It changed his art, and
the way he lived his life. Moving forward, he
sought out rich patrons and made portraits.
Michael Jackson (1984)
Mick Jagger (1975-76)
Critics at the time called his work superficial
and commercial. Much later, it seemed that his
work was a mirror of the 70s and 80s, when
American culture could be criticized for the same
Liza Minelli (1964)
Warhol was also a very prolific film maker. In a
5 year period, he made more than 60 films and
over 500 short black white screen tests of
people who visited the factory. His film Sleep
consisted of a man sleeping for 6 hours. Empire
was eight hours of film of the Empire State
Building. Eat was a 45-minute film of a man
eating a mushroom.
Empire (1964)
Some question how much of the art was created by
Warhol himself, and how much he had others at the
factory do. In 1961, Warhol wrote a check to a
gallery owner for 50 as payment for coming up
with the idea painting soup cans. The painting
sold for 10,000 at auction in 1971. Similar
paintings sell for over 6 million dollars today.
100 soup cans (1962)
Warhols entire estate was left to a foundation
dedicated to the advancement of visual arts. He
had so many possessions, it took 9 days to
auction it off after his death. The auction
raised more than 20 million.
Andy Warhol died in New York City on February 22,
1987 of complications from gall bladder surgery.
Andy Warhol also left behind 612 time capsules
cardboard boxes filled with photos, newspapers,
letters, magazines, phone messages and ads for
concerts and poetry readings.