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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


Andy Warhol Featured Artworks

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Piss Painting by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholPiss Painting, 1978Urine on gesso on canvas
30.5 x 22.9 cm
Galerie Chantal Crousel Contact Gallery
UNIDENTIFIED MALE by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholUNIDENTIFIED MALE, c. 1957Graphite on white paper
45.7 x 35.6 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Kiku by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholKiku, 1984Screenprint on paper
20 x 27 cm
Tornabuoni Art Contact Gallery
Self-Portrait in Drag by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholSelf-Portrait in Drag, 1981Unique colour Polaroid print, printed 1981
3 3/4 x 3 inches
Huxley-Parlour Contact Gallery
Sunset (See F. & S. IIA.85-88) by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholSunset (See F. & S. IIA.85-88), 1972Screen print in colours on paper
Galerie Buchholz Contact Gallery
UNIDENTIFIED FEMALE by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholUNIDENTIFIED FEMALE, c. 1960Black ballpoint pen on manila paper
42.5 x 35.2 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Unidentified Female by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholUnidentified Female, c. 1954Black ballpoint pen on off-white paper
61 x 45.4 cm
Cheim & Read Contact Gallery
Untitled by Andy Warhol contemporary artwork
Andy WarholUntitled, 1964Screenprint (handcut stencil)
Hamish McKay Enquire

Andy Warhol Current & Recent Exhibitions

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Contemporary art exhibition, Group exhibition, BOLD & VIVID at Whitestone Gallery, Hong Kong
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9 July–22 August 2020 Group exhibition BOLD & VIVID Whitestone GalleryHong Kong
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, (SELF) PORTRAITS at Parkett, Zurich
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22 February–30 September 2020 Group Exhibition (SELF) PORTRAITS ParkettZurich Exhibition Space
Contemporary art exhibition, Group Exhibition, Basel & Paris at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
Closed
13–26 June 2020 Group Exhibition Basel & Paris Galerie Chantal CrouselParis

Andy Warhol Represented By

Gagosian contemporary art gallery in 980 Madison Avenue, New York, USA Gagosian New York, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, London, Paris, Le Bourget, Geneva, Basel, Rome, Athens, Hong Kong

Andy Warhol In Ocula Magazine

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The Basquiat Behind Art Dealer Inigo Philbrick's Indictment Ocula News The Basquiat Behind Art Dealer Inigo Philbrick's Indictment New York, 17 July 2020

The wunderkind dealer was denied bail in a New York court this week.

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Sotheby’s Announces ‘Buy-now’ Partnership With New York Galleries Ocula News Sotheby’s Announces ‘Buy-now’ Partnership With New York Galleries New York, 29 April 2020

The Sotheby's Gallery Network is being presented as a way to support galleries during the pandemic and help collectors access coveted works.

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London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash Ocula News London Auction Sales Down Despite $30m Hockney Splash London, 18 February 2020

The third highest price fetched by Hockney at auction contributed to over US $500 million in sales.

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Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See Ocula Report Armory Week Lowdown: Shows to See By Sharmistha Ray, New York

The Armory Show opens to the public on 7 March (running to 10 March 2019)—just about a week after the fair relocated a portion of its 194 exhibitors due to structural issues found in Pier 92, forcing its sister fair Volta to cancel its 2019 show so that Armory could occupy its Pier 90 venue. Despite the upheaval, New York 's art week is...

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Andy Warhol In Related Press

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Andy Warhol Dreams of God Related Press Andy Warhol Dreams of God 2 November 2019, Hyperallergic

PITTSBURGH — That Andy Warhol was a lifelong practicing Byzantine (i.e. Eastern) Catholic is not a secret. At least one book is devoted to his religious concerns. His biographers and some critics note that most of the women and men in the Factory were lapsed believers. And he made paintings, especially late in life, with explicit Christian...

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Andy Warhol: Everything is Good Related Press Andy Warhol: Everything is Good 31 October 2019, Gagosian Quarterly

Since Warhol 's death in 1987 a lot of attention has been given to his pre-Pop work–his late-1940s student paintings, his '50s commercial art (book jackets, advertising drawings), and the personal work he made for friends and to charm art directors (handmade books, handbill calling cards). It's unusual for an artist's juvenilia to get so much...

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Seven Artists on the Warhol Influence Related Press Seven Artists on the Warhol Influence 1 November 2018, The New York Times

Three decades after Andy Warhol's death, he remains one of America's most provocative artists. His influence on popular culture is so pervasive that each emerging art movement after him has had to grapple with Warhol's focus on surface perfections and his singular celebrity. Despite their complicated feelings, many contemporary artists say they...

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Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit Related Press Painting’s Patriarchal Spirit 20 October 2018, Hyperallergic

LONDON—In 1981, the Royal Academy of Arts in London put on an exhibition of 20 th century painting that changed the art world. A New Spirit in Painting was 'a manifesto,' the accompanying catalogue said; it showcased a set of contemporary, mostly European painters, whose work possessed qualities—figurative, narrative, emotional...

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Andy Warhol In Video & Audio

A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection Related Video & Audio A Luta Continua. The Sylvio Perlstein Collection 8 May 2018, Hauser & Wirth

Unfolding across all three floors of Hauser & Wirth New York, 22 nd Street, A Luta Continua is the first United States presentation of the Sylvio Perlstein Collection. Curated by David Rosenberg, the exhibition presents more than 360 works by some 250 artists. Among these are Josef Albers, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Hans Bellmer, André...

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