Arts / Museums

The Most Influential Artist of the 20th Century?

Happy Birthday, Mr. Warhola

BY Catherine D. Anspon // 08.06.15

He put Pop art on the map by creating fervor around a can of Campbell’s soup, began Interview Magazine — the forerunner to today’s tabloid gossip-fueled weeklies — foreshadowed filmmaking and video as an art form, and was America’s greatest history painter of the 20th century.

Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol, who would be 87 today (1928-1987), the kid from Pittsburgh (also my hometown) who worshiped fame and Tinseltown, then became his own celebrity, creating his Factory studio, where film stars, socialites, royals and even politicians brushed up against the art world and were captured on canvas or magazine cover.

Follow live video from Warhol’s graveside, in Pittsburgh. Surely Andy (who’s original name was Andrew Warhola Jr.) would be pleased with the hoopla.

Andy Warhol’s “Blue Shoe,” 1955, at National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh, Scotland. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / DACS, London 2009.

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