Andy Warhol “Pop Art”

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On August 6, 1928, Andy Warhol was born as Andrew Warhola to Andrej and Julia Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They were a working class family that stuck close to the roots and traditions of their Eastern European heritage. In 1934 Andy began attending the local Holmes School and took free art classes at Carnegie Institute (now the Carnegie Museum of Art). Andy had an amazing gift for drawing even from a very young age. In addition to drawing, Andy was fascinated by Hollywood cinema and spent much of his time at the local cinema. He also enjoyed taking pictures that he developed by himself in his basement. Through out the years Andy continued to pursue his artistic abilities and became astoundingly famous for them. More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture. Andy Warhol was known as a leading figure in the visual arts movement and was responsible for making colossal changes to what was commonly known as art.

Between 1945 and 1949 Andy attended college at Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design with the goal of becoming a commercial illustrator. After graduation Warhol moved to New York city and began to work for Glamour magazine as a commercial artist. He won numerous awards for his work and became one of the most successful illustrators of the 50's. Towards the end of the 50's he began to devote more of his time to painting. His painting style was derived from his childhood love for comic books. This style quickly became known as “Pop Art.”

1962 marked the beginning of Warhol's celebrity status as he released his famous Campbells Soup Can series, which completely changed the direction of the art world. Warhol's Pop Art became the craze of the 60's, people couldn't get enough of it. He began to use this style to do a large sequence of movie stars, including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis...
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