Andy Warhol was a leading figure in the 1960s Pop Art movement. His silkscreen-printed paintings of cultural and consumer icons, whether featuring Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, or Campbell’s soup cans, made him one of the most famous artists of his generation. Born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh, PA, he worked as a commercial illustrator before becoming an artist. He worked within a wide variety of art forms, including performance art, filmmaking, video installations and writing, and controversially blurred the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics throughout the 1960s to 80s. Warhol collaborated with Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente, and Keith Haring.
Nearly 30 years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture. His life and work inspires creative thinkers worldwide thanks to his enduring imagery, his artfully cultivated celebrity, and the ongoing research of dedicated scholars.
Warhol died on February 22, 1987, in New York City.