The King of Pop (Art): Andy Warhol

Born Andrew Warhola, Warhol dropped the ‘A’ when he moved to New York City to pursue a career in commercial illustration. He enjoyed much success as an illustrator, gaining contracts from companies like Vogue, McCall’s, and even with fashion mogul Elsa Schiaparelli and a sizable income, which he saved for his future endeavors in the art world.

Although we typically remember him for his brightly colored effigies dedicated to commercial capitalism, Warhol explored a wide variety of mediums and subjects throughout his 30+ year career. He was obsessed with confronting sexuality, death, and, like all artists, fame. Many of his most beloved pieces are massive portraits copied from publicity stills and photographs of famous celebrities like Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Dolly Parton. Warhol even made powerful political statements and scathing commentaries on popular culture.

Whether you love him, hate him, or are just tired of seeing his stuff everywhere, there’s no denying that Andy Warhol has left an indelible mark on the world.




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