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A Look at Andy Warhol's Fascinating Life

April 15,2022

 

 

 

Beyond the Soup Can: A Look At Andy Warhol’s Fascinating Life and Legacy

For most, Andy Warhol needs no introduction. His name is synonymous with Pop Art. To many, he is the preeminent American artist of the 20th century. Whatever your opinion of Andy Warhol, his influence on modern art is undeniable. Beyond his actual artwork, Warhol was a mercurial personality who impacted film, music and all things pop culture. He, without a doubt, challenged the world to see art differently. So how exactly did Warhol become the monumental figure that he is remembered as today? We took a brief look at Warhol’s life and legacy

Born in a working-class neighborhood in Pittsburgh in 1928, Andrew Warhola (he would drop the A when he moved to New York) showed a penchant for art at a young age. His parents bought him his first camera at the age of eight. And as he began painting, his parents enrolled him in art classes and saved up for him to attend the Carnegie Institute of Technology. 


After graduating from art school with a degree in pictorial design, Warhol moved to New York in the early 1950s where he quickly flourished. It didn’t take long for Warhol to find work as a commercial artist and illustrator. Some of his earliest clients included Tiffany & Co., Vogue and Columbia Records. Beyond his obvious artistic talent, Warhol also proved himself to be a driven entrepreneur, balancing his successful commercial career with his avant-garde, underground work. It was also during these early years in New York that Warhol began experimenting in new media. From fashion and film to screenprinting and music, Warhol thrived when collaborating with other artists and brands.


By 1960, Warhol was one of the most talked about artists in New York. By the end of the decade, he would become one of the most talked about artists in the world! It was during this period that he delved into Pop Art and film. In 1962, he exhibited his iconic Campbell’s Soup Cans as well as a large series of celebrity portraits, featuring the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, among others. 


In 1964 Warhol moved his studio to midtown Manhattan. With the walls decked out in aluminum foil, the aptly named Silver Factory was a bohemian hub like no other. Artists, musicians, celebrities, actors, socialites, and just about anyone looking for a good time could be found partying, experimenting and creating art at the Factory. Warhol, who was obsessed with celebrity from a young age, obviously reveled in rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger, Dennis Hopper, Lou Reed and Bob Dylan. 

 

And as the party extended into the 1970s, Warhol remained as prolific as ever. With a renewed focus on painting, Warhol produced some of his most celebrated and controversial works, including Vote McGovern (1972) and Skulls (1976), the latter of which is featured in the DC Collection. 

As the 80s rolled around, Warhol (and his art) showed no signs of slowing down as he edged further into the mainstream. He was publishing books, producing films, collaborating with up-and-coming artists like Basquiat and Keith Haring, and even making a foray into cable TV with two self-produced shows and appearances on established programs like Saturday Night Live


Despite his growing fame, Warhol continued to make some of his most iconic art until the day he died. In 1986, just a year before his death, he paid homage to his Catholic beliefs by creating a series of nearly 100 works featuring da Vinci’s The Last Supper, which is also featured in the DC Collection.

In 1987, Warhol tragically died during surgery. While his life may have been cut short, Andy Warhol’s artistic legacy continues to live on. He was an artist in every possible sense of the word. And at DC, we couldn’t have been more excited for this collaboration. We worked closely with The Andy Warhol Foundation to create a collection that truly honors and celebrates his creative legacy.


If you wanna learn more about the life and legacy of Andy Warhol, we suggest you check out The Andy Warhol Diaries on Netflix.

 

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