(1928 – 1987), USA

Andy Warhol Biography

American artist Andy Warhol was a leading figure in the American Pop Art movement in the 1960s and 70s. His works are often comprised of images appropriated from popular culture and created in a variety of mediums including drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, film, and sculpture. Prior to working as an artist full-time, Warhol had a successful career as a commercial illustrator for several high-profile publications including Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Glamour, and The New Yorker. The artist first exhibited his works at the Hugo Gallery, New York in 1952 and was later included in his first group show at the Museum of Modern Art in 1955.

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In the 1960’s, Warhol rose to prominence with his ground-breaking paintings and screen-prints of commonplace American objects such as Campbell’s soup cans, dollar bills and Coca-Cola bottles. Arguably the most productive decade of the artist’s career was in the 1960s when Warhol launched his studio, known as ‘the Factory,’ which brought together an eclectic crowd of like-minded liberated individuals including writers, actors, musicians, and drag queens. At this time Warhol also began making films using the same deadpan approach to the commonplace. They were also further evidence of an interest in the serialism and automatism as found in the works of musician John Cage and writer William Burroughs.

Warhol’s art seemingly embraced consumerism, yet alongside the images of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and Marlon Brando, Warhol was also producing works that depicted darker subject matter such as police attacks against civil rights protesters, the death sentence, and car crashes. Ultimately it was the ubiquity of mass media imagery and how it flattened all events into a consumerist landscape which was central to Warhol’s practice.

During the 1970’s Warhol became more preoccupied with his entrepreneurial pursuits than his artistic practice and established the influential magazine Interview and published a book titled The Philosophy of Andy Warhol. By the 1980’s, Warhol’s profile was growing once again due to his association with Neo-Expressionist artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Julian Schnabel, and David Salle. Warhol unexpectedly died in 1987.

The Andy Warhol Museum in the artist’s hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, holds the title for the largest museum dedicated to a single artist in North America. His works are held in major public and private collections worldwide.

Frances Hodgson | Ocula | 2016

Exhibition view: Becoming Andy Warhol, UCCA Edge (6 November 2021–22 March 2022). Courtesy UCCA Center for Contemporary Art. 

Andy Warhol Featured Artworks

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Place Setting by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork photography
Andy Warhol Place Setting, 1976-1987 Gelatin silver print
25 x 20 cm
Gallery Fifty One Contact Gallery
Piss Painting by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork painting
Andy Warhol Piss Painting, 1978 Urine on gesso on canvas
25.4 x 20.3 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
Retrospective (Blue) by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork print
Andy Warhol Retrospective (Blue), 1978 Synthetic polymer and silkscreen inks on canvas
101.6 x 101.6 cm
Pace Gallery
Diamond Dust Shoe 255 by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork print
Andy Warhol Diamond Dust Shoe 255, 1980 Screenprint with diamond dust
101.6 x 152.4 cm
Gazelli Art House Contact Gallery
Dolly Parton by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork painting, print
Andy Warhol Dolly Parton, 1985 Synthetic polymer and silkscreen ink on canvas
107 x 106.7 cm
Lévy Gorvy Contact Gallery
Self-Portrait in Drag by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork photography
Andy Warhol Self-Portrait in Drag, 1981 Unique colour Polaroid print, printed 1981
3 3/4 x 3 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Unidentified Female by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork works on paper
Andy Warhol Unidentified Female, c. 1954 Black ballpoint pen on off-white paper
61 x 45.4 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Untitled by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork works on paper
Andy Warhol Untitled, 1964 Screenprint (handcut stencil)
Hamish McKay Enquire

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Andy Warhol Represented By

Bailly Gallery contemporary art gallery in Paris, France Bailly Gallery Geneva, Paris
Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian Athens, Basel, Beverly Hills, Geneva, Hong Kong, Le Bourget, London, New York, Paris, Rome, San Francisco
Robilant+Voena contemporary art gallery in London, United Kingdom Robilant+Voena London, Milan, New York, Paris

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