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Andy Warhol

(1928-1987), Artist

Sitter in 2 portraits
Artist of 8 portraits
Warhol was born and studied in Pittsburgh, later moving to New York where he had his first solo show in 1952. In 1960 he began to paint from mass-produced images and consumer goods such as Campbell’s soup cans. At his studio, known as the Factory, his assistants mass-produced these using silkscreens. In the 1960s Warhol was at the centre of the Pop Art movement, making experimental films, painting portraits of celebrities, photographing nudes, producing a record and founding the magazine Interview. In 1968 he was shot, bringing the Factory era to an end. In 1970 a major retrospective, organized by the Pasadena Art Museum, toured the United States and Europe. In 1994 the Andy Warhol Museum opened in Pittsburgh.

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Andy Warhol, by John Swannell - NPG x87612

Andy Warhol

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1979
NPG x87612

Andy Warhol photographing John Kobal, by Unknown photographer - NPG x134411

Andy Warhol photographing John Kobal

by Unknown photographer
bromide print, 1986
NPG x134411

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