Andy Warhol United States, 1928-1987

Biography

Andy Warhol (b. 1928, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania; d. 1987, New York, New York) was a prolific artist and leading figure of the Pop Art movement.  After receiving a BFA in pictorial design from the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, Warhol went on to enjoy a short but successful career as a commercial illustrator. His focus shifted to painting in the late 1950s, when he began to develop his signature Pop style. His distinctive but nuanced approach incorporated mass-produced imagery—including Campbell’s soup can logos and photographs of celebrities—using his celebrated silkscreen technique. His portrayal of everyday consumer products changed the discourse of art history; as Warhol himself recalled: “Once you ‘got’ pop, you could never see a sign the same way again. And once you thought pop, you could never see America the same way again.”[1] Before his death in 1987, the artist created a large and varied body of work that also includes photographs, sculptures, prints, drawings and films. As one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century, his work is held in a variety of acclaimed international institutional collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin; Tate, London and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is the largest museum in the United States to be completely dedicated to a single artist. 



[1] “Andy Warhol Biography”, Biography, A&E Television Networks, March 6, 2020, https://www.biography.com/artist/andy-warhol

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