Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987)
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A leading figure in the pop art movement, Andy Warhol was an American artist whose works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertisement, and celebrity culture. Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After graduating from Schenley High School in 1945, he enrolled in the Carnegie Institute of Technology to pursue an art career as a commercial illustrator. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design in 1949. An early adopter of silk screen printmaking as a technique for making paintings, Warhol's earliest silkscreening involved hand-drawn images and soon progressed to the use of photographically derived silkscreening. He held exhibitions at the Hugo Gallery and Bodley Gallery in New York City and the Ferus Gallery in Los Angeles. During the 1960s, Warhol began making paintings of iconic American objects and founded "The Factory," both of which made him a renowned and sometimes controversial artist. Warhol's work encompassed many forms of media, such as hand drawing, printmaking, silk screening, photography, sculpture, and film. He founded Interview Magazine, wrote numerous books, and was also the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions and feature films. Warhol's works are some of the most expensive works ever sold.