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Andy Warhol birth anniversary.  August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987.

Warhol Passport
Warhol Passport
1950s Female Head, Warhol
1950s Female Head, Warhol

He was one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s.  He began the 1960s  on the edge, avante-gard and controversial.   His work blurred the conceptual and aesthetic lines dividing high art from pop culture.  By the 1970s he was heavily sought out as both an artist and celebrity.

Andy Warhol cultivated a long line of extremely wealthy patrons, from Studio 54 celebs to the Shah of Iran.  His studio,  The Factory,  was an infamous hang out that mixed together “distinguished” intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and the more adventurous wealthy patrons.

“1961, he debuted the concept of “pop art” — paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans. These small canvas works of everyday consumer products created a major stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time. ” – bio

Campbells Soup Cans, MOMA
Campbells Soup Cans, 1962
MOMA
1950s Female Fashion Figure, Warhol
Eight Elvises
Eight Elvises, 1963
Hammer and Sickle, 1976
Hammer and Sickle, 1976
John Paul 2 and Warhol
John Paul 2 and Warhol
Moonwalk, Warhol 1987
Moonwalk, Warhol 1987
The Last Supper, Warhol 1986 a personal favorite
The Last Supper, Warhol 1986 a big personal favorite
Warhol in shades
Warhol in shades

Must See:

 

Andy’s moment of pro wrestling fame

Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol Demystify Their Pop Art in Vintage 1966 Film


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