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Transcript of Andy Warhol
"I'd prefer to remain a mystery. I never give my background,
and, anyway, I make it all up different every time I'm asked."-Andy Warhol
"...and you said you thought that coming so close to death was really like coming so close to life, because life is nothing." -Andy Warhol
Warhol attended The School of Fine Arts at Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh.
He strongly encouraged mass production.
He devoted a large amount of time to the cultivation of publicity in order to raise his profile
He frequently produced fine pieces of art work that allowed people to question art.
In 1949, Warhol moved to New York City, this is when he dropped the "a" at the end of his last name to become Andy Warhol.
His first big break was with Glamour Magazine and he became one of the most successful artists of the 1950s.
Marcel Duchamp was one of Warhols influences. Duchamp was a French-American Artist whose work is associated with Dadaism and conceptual art.
The Last Supper
was another inspiration of his.
Marilyn Monroe ca. 1962
"Prince of Pop"
Andy Warhol is one of the world's best known and most successful artists. He is admired for his vibrant and powerful artworks.
In 1961, he debuted the concept of "Pop Art" paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods.
Warhol's paintings created a major stir in the art world, bringing both him and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time.
Warhol's other famous pop paintings depicted Coca-cola bottles, vacuum cleaners, and hamburgers.
His most famous subjects include Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger, and Mao Zedong.
His portrait "Eight Elvises" eventually resold for $100 million in 2008, making it one of the most valuable paintings in world history.
"Godfather of Pop Art"
"I love Los Angeles. I love Hollywood. Eveybody's Plastic, But I Love Plastic. I want to Be Plastic." Andy Warhol
Campbell soup ca. 1960
Originally, Warhol created a collective work entitled Campbell's Soup Cans-32 individual silk-screened images, one for each variety in the company's range. When first exhibited, they were arranged in four rows of eight, like cans on supermarket shelves.
Screen print in colors on wove paper
1928- Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Lived with parents(Czechoslovakian immigrants) and two older brothers
1936- Comes down with a rare disease called Chorea, or St. Vitus' dance
1942- Warhol again suffered a tragedy when his father passed away from a jaundiced liver.
1945- Enrolled at the Carnegie Institute for Technology
1962- Creates one of his first pop arts,
32 Campbell's Soup Cans
1964- Founded the Factory
1965- Exhibits at the American Supermarket show
1966- Directs his best known film, Chelsea Girls
1968- Is near fatally shot and wounded by former employee, Valarie Solanas
1973- Founds Interview magazine
February 22, 1987- Dies from a sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia
Acrylic and silkscreen ink on canvas
20 x 16 inches (51 x 41 cm.)
The Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, which was created to the terms of Warhol's will after his death in 1987, announced it was to sell its entire remaining collection of about 20,000 works.
The Andy Warhol Photographic Legacy Program celebrated the Foundation's 20th anniversary through the donation of more than 28,500 photographs by Warhol to educational institutions throughout the United States.