No other artist is as much identified with Pop Art as Andy Warhol. The media called him the Prince of Pop.
Warhol made his way from a Pittsburgh working class family to an American legend.
Andy Warhol the American artist, photographer and filmmaker was born in 1930 in Pittsburgh as the son of Czechoslovak immigrants. His father was as a construction worker and died in an accident when Andy was 13 years old.
Andy showed an early talent in drawing and painting. After high school he studied commercial art at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh. Warhol graduated in 1949 and went to New York where he worked as an illustrator for magazines like Vogue and Harper's Bazaar and for commercial advertising. He soon became one of New York's most sought of and successful commercial illustrators. In 1952 Andy Warhol had his first one-man show exhibition at the Hugo Gallery in New York. In 1956 he had an important group exhibition at the renowned Museum of Modern Art.
In the sixties Warhol started painting daily objects of mass production like Campbell Soup cans and Coke bottles. Soon he became a famous figure in the New York art scene. From 1962 on he started making silkscreen prints of famous personalities like Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor. The pop artist not only depicted mass products but he also wanted to mass-produce his own works of pop art. Consequently he founded The Factory in 1962. It was an art studio where he employed in a rather chaotic way "art workers" to mass produce mainly prints and posters but also other items like shoes designed by the artist. Warhol's favorite printmaking technique was silkscreen. It came closest to his idea of proliferation of art. Apart from being an Art Producing Machine, the Factory served as a filmmaking studio. Warhol made over 300 experimental underground films - most rather bizarre and some rather pornographic. His first one was called Sleep and showed nothing else but a man sleeping over six hours.
In July of 1968 the pop artist was shot two to three times into his chest by a woman named Valerie Solanis. Andy was ser...
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...a seven hour , virtual y unedited film features many of the actors from Warhol’s New York City studio know as The Factory. Improvised dialogue, lack of plot, and extreme eroticism were trademarks of the The Chelsea Girls as well as later, more complex films, such as Lonesome Cowboys and Trash. In addition to working with art and motion pictures, Warhol helped promote the rock group Velvet Underground and produced the album Velvet Underground with Nico.
Warhol’s publication includes The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again and America, a collection of his scathing phoographs of contemporary life in the United States. From 1969 until his death, he published Interview, a monthly magazine with illustrated articles about current celebrities. In 1994, the Andy Warhol Museum, the Largest single-artist museum in the United States, opened in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Andy Warhol’s pieces are interesting sights to see. His use of color and space is excellent. He uses everyday items and people to create his masterpieces. He has changed the way people look at art. Simple items can be looked at in different ways.
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