Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was the most successful commercial illustrator in New York even before he began to make fine art for galleries. Nevertheless, his screenprinted images of Marilyn Monroe, soup cans, and sensational newspaper stories, quickly became synonymous with Pop art. He emerged from the poverty and obscurity of an Eastern European immigrant family in Pittsburgh, to become a charismatic magnet for bohemian New York, and ultimately find a place in the circles of High Society. For many his ascent echoes one of Pop art’s ambitions, to bring popular styles and subjects into the exclusive salons of high art. His crowning achievement was the elevation of his persona to the level of a popular icon, representing a new kind of fame and celebrity for a fine artist.

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