Andy Warhol Now
Museum Ludwig 12.12.2020 – 18.4.2021
SAVE the dates: Arttalk dates are booked! See below!
The last Arttalk Special dealt with Truman Capote and Andy Warhol. If you missed it, have a look here.
This time around, I’m providing more information about Andy’s life in a biographical form.
Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola) lived from August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987. He was active in many sectors and made a name for himself as an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best-known works are iconic and include the silkscreen paintings Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962) and the Marilyn pictures (1962) and the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966.–67).
Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator. After exhibiting his work in several galleries in the late 1950s, he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist. His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with inspiring the widely used expression “15 minutes of fame”. In the late 1960s he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine. He authored numerous books, including The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement. After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia in February 1987 at the age of 58.
Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh, which holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. His artworks are widely collected and valuable.
The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster); his works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold.
This text is an excerpt from Warhol’s biography on Wikipedia under an Attribution-Share Alike Creative Commons License.
I’m excited to announce: Andy Warhol ArtTalks in Museum Ludwig!
SAVE the date: Arttalk dates are booked!
Thursdays in January, Febuary and March at 10.30 h + 18.30 h
More information to follow 🤗😁
Get ready for ArtTalks in small groups, guest experts and talks in both in German and English!