Born in 1928, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to Slovakian parents, Andy Warhol was a gifted artist from a young age. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, in 1945, Warhol attended Carnegie Institute of Technology where he learnt pictorial design. From here he used the skills he learned and continued on his way to an extremely successful career in commercial illustration. He was able to work with world-renowned magazines such as Vogue, The New York and Harper’s Bazaar.
However, Warhol moved out from commercial art and really took initiative and went in his own way. In 1952 at his first individual show at the Hugo Gallery in New York, he exhibited Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. It was obvious by this point Warhol took notice of new emerging artists, none more so than the work of Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns, inspiring him to expand develop and his own artistic experimentation as well a famous collaboration with Jean-Michael Basquiat.
Andy Warhol was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century and it is easy to see why. He was able to bring things from obscurity into areas a “high art” which was an idea that had never been done before. His most famous works being his screen-prints of Cambells soup cans, Cadillacs and Marlin Monroe (among other celebrities) sell for millions still even now. Warhol oozed charisma until his death in 1987, really epitomized the pop art movement that went on in New York during the 60's to the 80's. His crowning achievement was making pop art emerge into popular culture and be something that people yearned for/accept as fine art.
Andy Warhol's artwork could currently be seen at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City; the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles; the High Museum of Art in Atlanta until September 3, 2017; and in Munich starting July 14, 2017 for the Letters to Andy Warhol exhibit.
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