Saturday, April 26, 2014

W = Warhol, Andy - A to Z Blog Challenge

ART: Artists, Art Trivia, Art Legends

1960s New York

W = Warhol, Andy
1928 - 1987

New York Pop artist and illustrator, Andy Warhol, was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Check links below for more information

Warhol was an American artist and a leading figure in the visual art movement called pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertisement of the 1960s. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became a renowned artist. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh holds an extensive collection of art and archives, and is the largest museum in the US dedicated to a single artist.

Warhol's art encompassed many forms of media, including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. He was also a pioneer in computer-generated art. He founded Interview Magazine, and  is the author of several books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, and Popism: The Warhol Sixties.

Warhol's studio, The Factory ,was a famous gathering place for distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. Musicians and artists such as Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, Mick Jagger, and Truman Capote were regulars, but Salvador Dali and Allen Ginsberg came less frequently.

"Walk on the Wild Side", Lou Reed's best known solo song, was released on Transformer, 1972, and referred to the superstars and life at The Factory. During the 1960s, Warhol began his paintings of iconic American objects. These included: dollar bills, Campbell's Soup Cans, Marilyn Monroe, Elvis, Brando, and others. He groomed a retinue of bohemian and counterculture eccentrics, which he called Superstars.  These films were frequently shown in underground movie theatres.


Are you aware of Andy Warhol's art works? Do you like Warhol's version of POP Art? Have you heard about his studio and The Factory?


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References and Links  Andy Warhol museum The Factory, Warhol's studio


Brought to you by the A to Z Blog Challenge 2014 Team and the originator: Lee of Tossing it Out. Click the A to Z list of participants and read on. Hope to see you again throughout the blogfest.