Warhol Andy, 1928 – 1987

An American artist of Ukrainian origin. Painter, graphic artist, sculptor, designer, writer, publisher, producer and film director, a cult figure in the history of pop art and the art of the ХХth century in general. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1945 till 1949 he studied at the Art Department of Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pitt...

An American artist of Ukrainian origin. Painter, graphic artist, sculptor, designer, writer, publisher, producer and film director, a cult figure in the history of pop art and the art of the ХХth century in general. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. From 1945 till 1949 he studied at the Art Department of Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, after graduation of which he moved to New York. He designed shop windows, posters and leaflets, worked as an illustrator in different magazines. In 1952 he made his d_but with great success at the exhibition in New York; in 1956 he received an honorary prize from "The Club of art editors". From 1960 till 1962 he created a sensational series of paintings that reflected the culture of mass consumption. These works at once lifted the master to the top of the fame. In 1963 he moved his own studio to the building in the midtown of Manhattan, which was called "The Factory". On the basis of technique of silk-screen he organized a "production" of the works of art; the workers of "The Factory" produced up to a hundred of silkscreen decorations a day, but the place itself became legendary center of creative "burning" and permissiveness. The most graphic famous cycle of the artist was a series of portraits of the world famous personalities - Prince Charles and Princess Diana of Wales, Queen Beatrix, D. Mao, M. Ali, M. Monroe, E. Taylor, E. Presley and others. A certain subculture that embodied the latest creative trends of the 1960s was created around the bright personality of Andy Warhol. In 1989 there was a large retrospective exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. In 1994 Warhol Museum was opened in Pittsburgh; it contains a large collection of works and archives of the cult artist. His works are presented in the major museums of contemporary art and in the private collections worldwide. The market value of the artistХs works is often measured in tens of millions dollars.

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