Andy WARHOL

b.1928-d.1987

Andy WARHOL

Born in Mc Keesport, Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol succeeded in propelling the “ready made” to the summit of 20th century art.

After working in advertising, Andy Warhol took part in the very first Pop Art exhibition in 1962, prefaced by Pierre Restany, French Art Critic at the Sidney Janis Gallery in New York, an exhibition entitled “The New Realism". The artist would select a photo in a magazine, send it to the printer’s where the picture would be blown up onto a silk screen. He then chose one or two colors for use in developing the proofs several times over, thanks to his “little helping hands”, a strange “population” that occupied the Warhol’s Factory studio. Warhol was also famous for directing films; in one, he zoomed in on a kiss for several, long minutes. His short stint in performance art, a genius yet to be equaled, would bring Warhol fame and glory. Color played a major role throughout his repeated series of portraits of stars and Coca Cola bottles; Warhol had created his own unique style. Success, fame and fortune: these were just some of the words that comprised his artistic alphabet.

For Warhol, succeeding in business was also an art. He became, without a doubt, one of the most important artists of the 20th century. The life and works of Warhol acted as catalysts to his very own myth. He predicted the consumer society as well as globalization. The Pope of a certain American civilization, rich and famous, Andy Warhol has since become a legend. In recent years, numerous retrospectives and exhibitions have paid tribute to Warhol contributing to an increase in his already high market value.

Available artworks

Andy Warhol, Lincoln Center Ticket, 1967