The Artsper team reviews an artist’s work regularly and chooses ten pieces they would absolutely love to keep. This is a totally subjective retrospective, but it can be the opportunity for you to discover the genius of an artist. This week, Artsper looks back at the work of one of the most famous artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol. A central figure of Pop Art, not only did Andy Warhol influence numerous artists, but he also left his mark on Hollywood and its star system. From his posters of everyday objects to album covers and his quotes, Andy Warhol’s mark can be found in our every day surroundings. Here are the 10 things you should absolutely know about ‘Drella’.
Andrew Warhola or Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928.
Warhol was not only a foremost figure of Pop Art, but also a very active director. Throughout his career he directed at least 60 films; Sleep, one of his first productions, lasts 5 hours and 30 minutes.
He is the one who coined the expression “15 minutes of fame”, referring to the transitory condition of fame.
During the ‘70s, he started to massively produce silkscreen prints, as he wanted to popularize his art production. This stirred several controversies and he was strongly criticized for having become a “businessman”.
Warhol founded “The Factory”, an art studio that gathered throughout the years a varied and rich art scene, with numerous artists, writers, musicians and underground celebrities. He also created album covers for The Velvet Underground, les Rollings Stones and John Lenon.
In 1968, Valerie Solanas shot Warhol three times at the Factory. He was taken to the hospital and declared clinically dead, but he recovered a few hours later.
Besides his work as a painter and a director, Warhol launched Interview magazine, created a nightclub and two TV shows: Andy Warhol’s TV and Andy Warhol’s Fifteen Minutes.
He was nicknamed Drella, a combination of Dracula and Cinderella.
Andy Warhol died in his sleep on February 22, 1987.
The last supper
Green car crash
Bottles of coke
Warhol Tunafish Disaster