Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987) was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, in 1928. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Pittsburgh, in 1949, and worked successfully as a commercial illustrator for several years working for major fashion magazines throughout the 50s, designing album covers, Christmas cards, book jackets and retail ad campaigns. In 1952 he had his first exhibition of fifteen drawings based on the writings of Truman Capote at Hugo Gallery, New York. He had his first pop art exhibition at Ferus Gallery, Los Angeles, in 1963, the same year he began renting his famous studio The Factory, in New York.

Warhol’s art explored the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement. He worked in a range of media, including painting, printmaking, sculpture, film and music. A controversial artist, Warhol became a leading figure in the in the American Pop Art movement.

He has been the subject of numerous worldwide retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, which holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. His work is held by almost every major museum in the world.

Andy Warhol died aged 58 in 1987 in New York, USA.


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