More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator. After exhibiting his work in several galleries in the late 1950s, he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist. His New York studio, The Factory, quickly became one of New York City's premier cultural hotspots.
Warhol wryly responded to the mass media of the 1960s. His silkscreen-printed paintings of cultural and consumer icons, featuring Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, and Campbell’s soup cans, made him one of the most famous artists of his generation and a leading figure in the Pop Art movement.
His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silk screening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best-known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).
After his death, the artist’s estate became The Andy Warhol Foundation, and in 1994, a museum dedicated to the artist and his oeuvre opened in his native Pittsburgh. His works are held in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Tate Gallery in London, among others.
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