Five quick facts about Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol - Marilyn 1967 screenprint on paper, 91.5 x 91.5 cm, Museum of Modern Art, New York. Image Credits: Ian Burt, creative commons
· Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola, in Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928. His parents were Slovakian immigrants. His father was a construction worker, and his mother an embroiderer.
· He dropped the ‘a’ in his last name when he moved to NYC to work as a commercial artist, in 1949. A few months after his arrival in New York he got a job with Glamour magazine. Through his work at the magazine he became enormously popular.
· He brought in the concept of ‘pop art’ in 1961 – his paintings focused on mass-produced commercial goods. The Iconic painting of Campbell's soup cans was exhibited in 1962. His small paintings of everyday consumer products was well received in the art world. As a result both Warhol and pop art came into the spotlight.
· Some of Warhol’s famous paintings include the Coca-cola bottle painting, the Marilyn Monroe diptych, Eight Elvises, Mick Jagger and Mao Zedong.
· Warhol’s studio, opened in 1964 was called ‘The Factory’. This large silver painted warehouse quickly became a favourite with the socialites and celebrities in New York.