Revolutionary force and American master Andy Warhol redefined the world of art through his innovative and varied production. A pioneer of Pop Art and the founder of social hotspot The Factory, Warhol is universally recognized for his incredible contributions to the ways in which we see art today.
Breaking into the art world with the 1962 debut of his 32-canvas Campbell’s Soup Cans series, Warhol introduced the world to both his experimentation with industrial production and the larger question of the role of art in the modern world. Manipulating media such as silkscreen to reinforce the ways in which our world is (over)saturated with imagery, Warhol revealed the power of consumer culture, multiplicity, and mass (re)production. He furthered this exploration through dynamic collaborations with other leading voices of his era, including artists Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring, and he also ventured in parallel fields such as filmmaking.
Born Andrew Warhola in 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Warhol completed his studies at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in the late 1940s and got his start working as a commercial illustrator for major magazines like Vogue or Glamour. Soon the illustrator became the international art superstar who continued to captivate audiences until the very end. Though is career was cut short by an early death at the age of 58 due to surgery complications, Warhol’s status as an icon was already secure. New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) fêted him with the first retrospective of his work in 1987, and the following decade he was further celebrated with the creation of the Andy Warhol Foundation. Warhol’s works are included among the most prestigious collections around the world.