Andy Warhol

1928 - 1987 · United States

Artist biography

Andy Warhol is an American artist and prominent figure of the Pop Art movement. Warhol's artistic approach responded to the mass-media culture of the late sixties mainly through creating his unique silkscreens or serigraphy of contemporary and consumer icons such as Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn Diptych (1962) or the Campbell’s soup in Campbell's Soup Cans (1962). Born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburg, Warhol initially experimented with a successful career in illustration before starting to exhibit his drawings of nudes in the 1950s and is recognized for his controversial yet influent work. Warhol’s art is deeply infatuated with fame, fashion, celebrity and Hollywood since his childhood and the beginning of his career working for fashion magazines such as Vogue. Throughout his career, Andy Warhol's artistic and graphic style evolved around commercial illustrations techniques. In his creative output, the technique plays a primary role. Warhol’s first drawings would be made through a “bottom line” and printing process that Andy Warhol constantly kept and updated with his exploration of serigraphy and then the most renowned celebrities' portrait from when he lives in New York. Andy Warhol used the silk-screening process on numerous materials or surfaces and experimented with the first uses based on photographs. The innovative use made by Warhol improved the image quality and resulted in a much expressive representation. At the same time, Andy Warhol through his conception of the Pop Art movement pioneered by including sharp and large colored areas. His work has a flat, graphic quality similar to that found in media and advertising aims to capture the singular relationship that the contemporary American society would have to these mass-media references, “The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do,”. Andy Warhol enhanced his creative output through conceptual filmmaking such as Sleep (1963) which explores his homosexuality and the relation between time and the human body. Warhol died tragically following surgery complications on February 22, 1987, in New York, NY. Today, his works are part of permanent collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others. IN 2019, a notable retrospective of Warhol’s work took place at the Whitney Museum of Art in New York. The Andy Warhol Foundation is located in New York

Andy Warhol

  • Artworks in Collections 13
  • Exhibitions 67
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