You should know about: Andy Warhol

By Katherine Barton

Andrew Warhola was born in 1928 in Pennsylvania. He created some of the most recognizable and influential pop art during the 1960s. Pop art is when artists draw from advertising, celebrities, and popular culture in general.

Andy Warhol used many types of media to create art; he was one of the first to create computer-generated art. He has also written many books on art, for example The Philosophy of Andy Warhol.

He had a difficult childhood. He was often bedridden due to complications of scarlet fever, and put up photos of celebrities around his bed. He has said that this had a large influence on his art.

Andy was controversial in many ways, but especially for being openly gay and for bringing together other LGBTQ individuals. This was before the gay liberation movement, so it was especially risky for him to be as open as he was about his sexuality. He was lesser know for being the manager of the band The Velvet Underground who were known for their punk rock music. He coined the saying everyone gets their “15 minutes of fame.”

The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburg is the largest museum in the U.S. dedicated to a single artist.

Some of Warhol’s most well-known works are those of Campbell’s soup cans and Marilyn Monroe:

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