Andy Warhol



Andy Warhol biography

The artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) is one of the most famous of all the pop art history. He integrates the visual art movement in photography, paintings, experimental films, and sculpture. Andy Warhol was born and raised in Pittsburgh (US). Since he was young, the advertisement through art expression interested him. Thus, he became successful in his career as a commercial illustrator. In the late 1950’s, after exhibiting his work in some galleries he started to gain popularity. He was considered a controversial artist, but at the same time, he received recognition for his work.

Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol had a studio in New York called “The Factory”, which became a place to bring together different styles of people, including intellectuals, bohemian people, playwrights, drag queens, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. In particular, he created a collection of personalities known as “Andy Warhol Superstars” and ensured their “15 minutes of fame”. In the 60’s, he produced an experimental rock band and wrote a large number of books as Popism, especially relevant “The Warhol Sixties”. Finally, Andy Warhol died at the age of 58 after a gallbladder surgery.


Andy Warhol’s famous paintings

The most typical paintings of Andy Warhol take images most of all, from cartoons and advertisements. The non-painterly style and the commercial subject of the painting initially caused offense as it affronted the technique and philosophy of Abstract Expressionism, the dominant style in the United States. A symbol of mass consumerism, the Coca-Cola bottle is an iconic American object, which caught the fancy of Warhol. Thus, Warhol created several works on the Coke bottle. Also created paintings with Absolut vodka. Another Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans it is the artwork that led to pop art to become the major art movement in the USA.

Furthermore, celebrities also inspired him. Consequently, the artwork from Andy Warhol’s most typical paintings are probably of celebrities: Marylin Diptych was a picture inspired by Marylin Monroe’s death, Self-portrait, was a picture of himself, and Mao, which was a silk-screen portrait of the Chinese leader that was made in many versions.

Most of his collections are highly valuable. Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster) it is the most expensive painting from A. Warhol. A canvas of 1963, which value is US$105 million.


Repetition in Andy Warhol artwork

A.Warhol is one of the most famous pop artists of the pop art era. He was well-known form this lively color portraits from celebrities.

In his earliest artwork Andy, depict objects like Coca-Cola bottles and Cambell’s soup cans that were reproduced as the canvas in the gallery wall as it was a shelf in a supermarket. The transition of Warhol from hand painting screenprinting to a large-scale replication of pop images. The artist insists on a mechanical reproduction, this characteristic was the genuine signature of Warhol’s authenticity. There are some examples of the mechanical reproduction, as the Marilyn Diptych.

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