History

This inspiring artist and filmmaker is considered the founder and major figure of the pop art movement. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1928, Andy Warhol graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology before moving to New York. His first big break was in August 1949 when Glamour Magazine asked him to illustrate an article called “Success is a Job in New York”. Although born Andrew Warhola, he dropped the ‘a’ in his last name when the credit mistakenly read “Drawings by Andy Warhol.”
By 1955 Andy Warhol had almost all of New York copying his work. He was well known for creating ink images with slight color changes. Andy Warhol was into doing popular items like Coca-Cola bottles and celebrity portraits, such as Marilyn Monroe. His Campbell’s Soup Can is a classic and an easily recognized piece of art. In the 1960s, Andy Warhol also made a series of films about time, boredom, and repetition like Empire and The Chelsea.
Andy Warhol had the privilege of working with the rock band The Velvet Underground in 1965. He traveled around the country, not only with The Velvets, but also with 1965 superstar Edie Sedgwick and the light show, The Exploding Plastic Inevitable.
Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, features, and documentary films. He coined the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame”. Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable.
On 22 February 1987, Warhol died unexpectedly in a New York hospital following a gall bladder operation, after scoring Last Supper, inspired by “Ultima cena” by Leonardo.

Exhibitions

The Late Drawings of Andy Warhol
Hyde Collection
Glen Falls, NY
June 20, 2015 – September 27, 2015

From Marilyn to Mao: Andy Warhol’s Famous Faces
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, SC
June 12, 2015 – September 13, 2015

Andy Warhol and William Morris
Modern Art Oxford
Oxford, England
November 29, 2014 – February 28, 2015

Andy Warhol “Death & Disaster”
Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Chemnitz, Germany
November 23, 2014 – February 22, 2015

Andy Warhol’s Jewish Geniuses
Jewish Museum of Australia
St. Kilda, Australia
November 20, 2014 – May 24, 2015

Transmitting Andy Warhol
Tate Liverpool
Liverpool, England
November 7, 2014 – February 8, 2015

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