Andy Warhol
American artist, avant-garde filmmaker, writer and social figure
Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol was an American artist who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement that flourished by the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned and sometimes controversial artist.
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ARTS REVIEW: ROB PRUITT'S 'THE ANDY MONUMENT' - Buzzine
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This afternoon, I ran into Andy Warhol on the northwest corner of Union Square at Broadway and 17 th Street. Seven feet tall, his chrome-plated body shining in the waning sunlight, Andy wore a camera around his neck and he carried a Bloomingdale's
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Google doodles through the years - USA Today
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Google marked Andy Warhol's birthday with a doodle inspired by his famous pop art. Warhol was born Aug. 6, 1928. Google observed Earth Day with this iceberg-esque doodle. Google ran this doodle of the Large Hadron Collider in 2008, but it wasn't until
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“Andy Warhol: Celebrities and icons” at Museum of Art in El Paso - AMA
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The Museum of Art in El Paso will host “Andy Warhol: Celebrities and Icons”, from 11 September to 6 January. The exhibition will feature works from the Jonathan Rogers Jr. Collection and be dedicated to portraits of celebrities and icons by Andy Warhol
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Salvador Dali Muse, Ultra Violet, Creates 9/11 Sculpture - Gothamist
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New York-based artist Ultra Violet—who has been muse and friend of Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol—has created her own piece of art to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. The 3-foot-tall magenta piece looks just like Robert Indiana's famous LOVE
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Ayrton Senna Was a Real Sex Symbol - Reuters
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I remember inviting him to dinner parties with Andy Warhol and laughing with Jackie and Dudley Moore. Stewart loved to laugh. He loved celebrity. He was the Andy Warhol of the F1 racing set. His eyes moved quickly and he had a wicked wit
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Andy Warhol's Landlord Sent Him A Letter Telling Him To Stop Partying - Huffington Post
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Letters of Note has a real find up, from the book "The Velvet Underground: New York Art." It's a letter from the realtors who managed Andy Warhol's building during the Factory years, asking him to please, you know, tone it down
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That Time Andy Warhol Was Warned About His "Large Parties" At The Factory - Gothamist
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Andy Warhol operated out of his original Midtown Manhattan studio from 1962 to 1968, which was more famously known as The Factory. (There were two other Factory locations later). He was on the fourth floor of the building, located at 231 East 47th ... - -
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Andy Warhol's Favorite New York City Haunts - WNYC
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From 1949 up until his death in 1987, New York City was home to Andy Warhol. WNYC had a look through Thomas Kiedrowski's Andy Warhol's New York City: four walks uptown to downtown, published by
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UP CLOSE; Manhattan as Warhol Knew It
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ON this summer afternoon, the Andy Warhol's New York City Tour does not begin at any location where the artist lived, worked or partied. Instead, it starts at 1060 Park Avenue. That is where Truman Capote was living with his mother in 1952, and where a young worshipper from Pittsburgh, Andy Warhol, could once be spotted, standing outside. ''Capote
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Book Review: "Andy Warhol's New York City" - The Ledger
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While Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, he made New York his home. A celebrity worshipper who became a celebrity, he must be one of the New Yorkiest New Yorkers ever. Thomas Kiedrowski, who leads tours to Warhol sites in New York, has written an
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Get Out: Warhol, Best Coast, Records & Beer, Vintage Wilshire and More - LAist
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... exhibition of the paintings at Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles--Andy Warhol's first solo exhibition — and pays tribute to the significant role played by the gallery in the development of postwar LA art and also to its revered director Irving Blum
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Eric Shiner gets permanent post as director of Warhol Museum - Pittsburgh Post Gazette
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Eric C. Shiner, the acting director of The Andy Warhol Museum since January, has been named its permanent director. He succeeds Tom Sokolowski, who had led the museum for 14 years before departing at the end of last year. Mr. Shiner joined the Warhol ... -
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Creative Concern designs marketing for new Andy Warhol exhibition - The Drum
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The Manchester agency's creative director, Rob Sanderson, said: "Andy Warhol was one of the greatest publicists of the 20th Century and his influence is ever apparent. “We were delighted to be part of this exhibition, but we knew we had to set clear
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Andy Warhol Exhibition (Yeah, That Soup Can One) Opens At MOCA - LA Weekly (blog)
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6 2011 at 11:00 AM Andy Warhol is a celebrity name that needs no soup can MOCA exhibition introduction, particularly if that red-white-and-Campbell's label is front and center (in this case, July 9 through September 7th). And yet, within those visions
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Andy Warhol
    TEENAGE
  • 1987
    In 1987, in accordance with Warhol's will, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts began.
    More Details Hide Details The foundation serves as the estate of Andy Warhol, but also has a mission "to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process" and is "focused primarily on supporting work of a challenging and often experimental nature." The Artists Rights Society is the U.S. copyright representative for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for all Warhol works with the exception of Warhol film stills. The U.S. copyright representative for Warhol film stills is the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Additionally, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has agreements in place for its image archive. All digital images of Warhol are exclusively managed by Corbis, while all transparency images of Warhol are managed by Art Resource. The Andy Warhol Foundation released its 20th Anniversary Annual Report as a three-volume set in 2007: Vol. I, 1987–2007; Vol. II, Grants & Exhibitions; and Vol. III, Legacy Program. The Foundation remains one of the largest grant-giving organizations for the visual arts in the U.S.
    A memorial service was held in Manhattan for Warhol on April 1, 1987, at St. Patrick's Cathedral, New York.
    More Details Hide Details Warhol's will dictated that his entire estate—with the exception of a few modest legacies to family members—would go to create a foundation dedicated to the "advancement of the visual arts". Warhol had so many possessions that it took Sotheby's nine days to auction his estate after his death; the auction grossed more than US$20 million.
  • 1986
    In the soon to be released 2016 feature, The Billionaire Boys Club, Cary Elwes portrays Warhol in a film based on the true story about Ron Levin (portrayed by Kevin Spacey) a friend of Warhol's who was murdered in 1986.
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    One of Warhol's last works was a portrait of Aretha Franklin for the cover of her 1986 gold album Aretha, which was done in the style of the Reigning Queens series he had completed the year before.
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  • 1985
    In 1985 a girl snatched Warhol's wig off his head.
    More Details Hide Details It was later discovered in Warhol's diary entry for that day that he wrote: "I don't know what held me back from pushing her over the balcony." Another item found in Warhol's boxes at the museum in Pittsburgh was a mummified human foot from Ancient Egypt. The curator of anthropology at Carnegie Museum of Natural History felt that Warhol most likely found it at a flea market. Warhol appeared as himself in the film Cocaine Cowboys (1979). After his death, Warhol was portrayed by Crispin Glover in Oliver Stone's film The Doors (1991), by David Bowie in Julian Schnabel's film Basquiat (1996), and by Jared Harris in Mary Harron's film I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Warhol appears as a character in Michael Daugherty's opera Jackie O (1997). Actor Mark Bringleson makes a brief cameo as Warhol in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997).
    He recorded it with the Velvet Underground, and this version was released on the VU album in 1985.
    More Details Hide Details Bowie would later play Warhol in the 1996 movie, Basquiat. Bowie recalled how meeting Warhol in real life helped him in the role, and recounted his early meetings with him: Beginning in the early 1950s, Warhol produced several unbound portfolios of his work. The first of several bound self-published books by Warhol was 25 Cats Name Sam and One Blue Pussy, printed in 1954 by Seymour Berlin on Arches brand watermarked paper using his blotted line technique for the lithographs. The original edition was limited to 190 numbered, hand colored copies, using Dr. Martin's ink washes. Most of these were given by Warhol as gifts to clients and friends. Copy No. 4, inscribed "Jerry" on the front cover and given to Geraldine Stutz, was used for a facsimile printing in 1987, and the original was auctioned in May 2006 for US $35,000 by Doyle New York.
  • 1981
    He designed the cover art for The Rolling Stones' albums Sticky Fingers (1971) and Love You Live (1977), and the John Cale albums The Academy in Peril (1972) and Honi Soit in 1981.
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  • 1966
    In 1966 he "produced" their first album The Velvet Underground & Nico, as well as providing its album art.
    More Details Hide Details His actual participation in the album's production amounted to simply paying for the studio time. After the band's first album, Warhol and band leader Lou Reed started to disagree more about the direction the band should take, and their artistic friendship ended. In 1989, after Warhol's death, Reed and John Cale re-united for the first time since 1972 to write, perform, record and release the concept album Songs for Drella, a tribute to Warhol. Warhol designed many album covers for various artists starting with the photographic cover of John Wallowitch's debut album, This Is John Wallowitch!!! (1964).
  • 1965
    Warhol's 1965 film Vinyl is an adaptation of Anthony Burgess' popular dystopian novel A Clockwork Orange.
    More Details Hide Details Others record improvised encounters between Factory regulars such as Brigid Berlin, Viva, Edie Sedgwick, Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, Ondine, Nico, and Jackie Curtis. Legendary underground artist Jack Smith appears in the film Camp. His most popular and critically successful film was Chelsea Girls (1966). The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories being shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that "story" while it was lowered for the other. The multiplication of images evoked Warhol's seminal silk-screen works of the early 1960s. Other important films include Bike Boy, My Hustler, The Nude Restaurant, and Lonesome Cowboys, a raunchy pseudo-western. These and other titles document gay underground and camp culture, and continue to feature prominently in scholarship about sexuality and art. Blue Movie—a film in which Warhol superstar Viva makes love and fools around in bed with a man for 33 minutes of the film's playing-time—was Warhol's last film as director. The film, a seminal film in the Golden Age of Porn, was at the time scandalous for its frank approach to a sexual encounter. Blue Movie was publicly screened in New York City in 2005 for the first time in more that 30 years.
  • 1964
    Designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, the stamp was unveiled at a ceremony at The Andy Warhol Museum and features Warhol's painting "Self-Portrait, 1964".
    More Details Hide Details In March 2011, a chrome statue of Andy Warhol and his Polaroid camera was revealed at Union Square in New York City.
    Batman Dracula is a 1964 film that was produced and directed by Warhol, without the permission of DC Comics.
    More Details Hide Details It was screened only at his art exhibits. A fan of the Batman series, Warhol's movie was an "homage" to the series, and is considered the first appearance of a blatantly campy Batman. The film was until recently thought to have been lost, until scenes from the picture were shown at some length in the 2006 documentary Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis.
  • 1962
    Warhol attended the 1962 premiere of the static composition by LaMonte Young called Trio for Strings and subsequently created his famous series of static films including Kiss, Eat, and Sleep (for which Young initially was commissioned to provide music).
    More Details Hide Details Uwe Husslein cites filmmaker Jonas Mekas, who accompanied Warhol to the Trio premiere, and who claims Warhol's static films were directly inspired by the performance.
    Warhol used the same techniques—silkscreens, reproduced serially, and often painted with bright colors—whether he painted celebrities, everyday objects, or images of suicide, car crashes, and disasters, as in the 1962–63 Death and Disaster series.
    More Details Hide Details The Death and Disaster paintings included Red Car Crash, Purple Jumping Man, and Orange Disaster. One of these paintings, the diptych "Silver Car Crash", became the highest priced work of his when it sold at Sotheby's Contemporary Art Auction on Wednesday, November 13, 2013, for $105.4 million. Some of Warhol's work, as well as his own personality, has been described as being Keatonesque. Warhol has been described as playing dumb to the media. He sometimes refused to explain his work. He has suggested that all one needs to know about his work is "already there 'on the surface.'" His Rorschach inkblots are intended as pop comments on art and what art could be. His cow wallpaper (literally, wallpaper with a cow motif) and his oxidation paintings (canvases prepared with copper paint that was then oxidized with urine) are also noteworthy in this context. Equally noteworthy is the way these works—and their means of production—mirrored the atmosphere at Andy's New York "Factory". Biographer Bob Colacello provides some details on Andy's "piss paintings":
    New York City's Museum of Modern Art hosted a Symposium on pop art in December 1962 during which artists such as Warhol were attacked for "capitulating" to consumerism.
    More Details Hide Details Critics were scandalized by Warhol's open embrace of market culture. This symposium set the tone for Warhol's reception. Throughout the decade it became increasingly clear that there had been a profound change in the culture of the art world, and that Warhol was at the center of that shift. A pivotal event was the 1964 exhibit The American Supermarket, a show held in Paul Bianchini's Upper East Side gallery. The show was presented as a typical U.S. small supermarket environment, except that everything in it—from the produce, canned goods, meat, posters on the wall, etc.—was created by six prominent pop artists of the time, among them the controversial (and like-minded) Billy Apple, Mary Inman, and Robert Watts. Warhol's painting of a can of Campbell's soup cost $1,500 while each autographed can sold for $6. The exhibit was one of the first mass events that directly confronted the general public with both pop art and the perennial question of what art is.
    Andy Warhol's first New York solo pop art exhibition was hosted at Eleanor Ward's Stable Gallery November 6–24, 1962.
    More Details Hide Details The exhibit included the works Marilyn Diptych, 100 Soup Cans, 100 Coke Bottles, and 100 Dollar Bills. At the Stable Gallery exhibit, the artist met for the first time poet John Giorno who would star in Warhol's first film, Sleep, in 1963. It was during the 1960s that Warhol began to make paintings of iconic American objects such as dollar bills, mushroom clouds, electric chairs, Campbell's Soup Cans, Coca-Cola bottles, celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, Marlon Brando, Troy Donahue, Muhammad Ali, and Elizabeth Taylor, as well as newspaper headlines or photographs of police dogs attacking civil rights protesters. During these years, he founded his studio, "The Factory" and gathered about him a wide range of artists, writers, musicians, and underground celebrities. His work became popular and controversial. Warhol had this to say about Coca-Cola:
    He held exhibitions at the Hugo Gallery and the Bodley Gallery in New York City; in California, his first West Coast gallery exhibition was on July 9, 1962, in the Ferus Gallery of Los Angeles.
    More Details Hide Details The exhibition marked his West Coast debut of pop art.
  • 1949
    Warhol earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pictorial design in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, he moved to New York City and began a career in magazine illustration and advertising. During the 1950s, Warhol gained fame for his whimsical ink drawings of shoe advertisements. These were done in a loose, blotted-ink style, and figured in some of his earliest showings at the Bodley Gallery in New York. With the concurrent rapid expansion of the record industry and the introduction of the vinyl record, Hi-Fi, and stereophonic recordings, RCA Records hired Warhol, along with another freelance artist, Sid Maurer, to design album covers and promotional materials. Warhol was an early adopter of the silk screen printmaking process as a technique for making paintings. His earliest silkscreening in painting involved hand-drawn images though this soon progressed to the use of photographically derived silkscreening in paintings. Prior to entering the field of fine art, Warhol's commercial art background also involved innovative techniques for image making that were somewhat related to printmaking techniques. When rendering commercial objects for advertising Warhol devised a technique that resulted in a characteristic image. His imagery used in advertising was often executed by means of applying ink to paper and then blotting the ink while still wet. This was akin to a printmaking process on the most rudimentary scale.
  • 1948
    He also served as art director of the student art magazine, Cano, illustrating a cover in 1948 and a full-page interior illustration in 1949.
    More Details Hide Details These are believed to be his first two published artworks.
  • 1945
    As a teenager, Warhol graduated from Schenley High School in 1945.
    More Details Hide Details After graduating from high school, his intentions were to study art education at the University of Pittsburgh in the hope of becoming an art teacher, but his plans changed and he enrolled in the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, where he studied commercial art. During his time there, Warhol joined the campus Modern Dance Club and Beaux Arts Society.
  • 1928
    Warhol was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
    More Details Hide Details He was the fourth child of Ondrej Warhola (Americanized as Andrew Warhola, Sr., 1889–1942) and Julia (née Zavacká, 1892–1972), whose first child was born in their homeland and died before their move to the U.S. His parents were working-class Lemko emigrants from Mikó (now called Miková), located in today's northeastern Slovakia, part of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. Warhol's father emigrated to the United States in 1914, and his mother joined him in 1921, after the death of Warhol's grandparents. Warhol's father worked in a coal mine. The family lived at 55 Beelen Street and later at 3252 Dawson Street in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The family was Byzantine Catholic and attended St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. Andy Warhol had two older brothers—Pavol (Paul), the oldest, was born before the family emigrated; Ján was born in Pittsburgh. Pavol's son, James Warhola, became a successful children's book illustrator.
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