Aug 12

Something artsy

Today we thought we would talk a little bit about something more modern in art. We have talked about Leonardo Da Vinci and Salvador Dali. It is time for another man who laid the foundation for a new type of art, nameless the pop art! It is of course Andy Warhol that i am talking about.

Andy Warhol was born on August 6th 1928 and later died the 22nd of February in 1987. As we mentioned he was an leader in the visual art movement called pop art. The work made by Warhol explores relationships between artistic expressions, celebrity culture and advertisement that was current in the 1960s. He had an successful career as a commercial illustrator which he used to become a controversial artist afterwards. He wasn’t that traditional type of painter, no he used many different types of media like hand drawing, printmaking, sculpture, film, music and so on.

Warhol’s studio called The Factory was also well known, and used to be a gathering place. The Factory brought together many intellectuals, playwrights, bohemian street people, hollywood celebrities and others. Many people don’t know that he managed and produced the rock band The Velvet Underground. Most people only know him for one of their album covers with the famous banana.

Andy Warhol was a really versatile man who did a lot more than his art. He founded Interview magazine and was author of a lot of books. He is also known for being openly gay before the gay liberation movement, which tells us a bit about his courage. He always believed in himself and is therefore the creator of a numerous things. He even made an expression famous “15 minutes of fame”. The expression 15 minutes of fame is something that most of us knows today and surely it is an expression that is made daily.

One of Andy Warhol’s muses named Edie Sedgwick is portrayed in the movie The Factory Girl. She is played by Sienna Miller. The movie plot is that Edie moves to New York City, where she is introduced to the pop art painter Andy Warhol. In this movie played by Guy Pierce. Andy Warhol is intrigued by Edie and asks her to perform in one of his movies. She is spending more and more time with him at the Factory and also with the people that is there, some of them are drug addicts. Soon her status as a Warhol superstar is known and a success as a fashion model earns her popularity and international attention.
After Warhol’s death he has been the subject of numerous exhibitions, books and feature and documentary films. In his native city, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania there is The Andy Warhol Museum. That museum holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives and is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Many of Warhol’s work and creations are very collectible and has a high value. The highest price that somebody has paid for a Warhol painting is incredible 105 US million dollars!!! Its was the painting “Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)”. Warhol’s painting is some of the most expensive ever to be sold.

We hope that you like this post about Warhol and that you learned something about this great artist! He is truly one of our favorites here at Curater!

andy warhol's painting

Did you know that one of Andy Warhol’s most well known paintings is of Marilyn Monroe?