Andy Warhol: The Pioneer Of Pop Art And An Inspiration To All

On what would be Andy Warhol’s 90th anniversary, we honor him and his work as a model and inspiration for many.

With last year being the 30th anniversary of his death, and today celebrating what would be his 90th birthday, Andy Warhol is still very much alive in the minds of everyone who admires his work and style. Being the pioneer of the so beloved pop art movement, we just had to pay tribute to this timeless artist that still touches our hearts today.


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One of the leading figures in the pop art movement, Andy Warhol’s works are still very much engraved in people’s minds. Timeless, breaking boundaries and bringing new and exciting ways to express art, this artist was known as the “Pope of Pop” for revolutionizing a style that was just beginning but that would take a new form in the hands of Warhol.

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It was in the 60’s that his career took off when he started painting daily objects of mass production such as the famous Campbell Soup cans and Coke bottles. With something as simple as that, he became a famous figure in the New York art scene.

However, it was only in 1962 that his influence in the pop art movement truly began, when he started making silkscreen prints of famous personalities such as Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor.

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Andy Warhol not only wanted to depict mass products in his art, but he also wished to mass produce his works of pop art, which was how The Factory was born in 1962, revolutionizing, even to this day, art itself. The Factory was an art studio where he employed “art workers” to mass produce mainly prints and posters of works he did.

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His vision of art was to remove the difference between the fine arts and the commercial arts used for all sorts of commercial purposes such as comic books, record albums, advertisement and magazine illustrations. His philosophy was easily expressed in one single sentence:

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums”.

 

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However, it wasn’t just art that Warhol was interested in, but also in the world of film-making, having created over 300 experimental underground films in his Factory.

And the film world loved him just as much, with representations of Warhol appearing in countless films over the past few decades, such as in The Doors (1991) and Men In Black 3 (2012).

Andy Warhol died February 22, 1987 from complications after a gall bladder operation. More than 2000 people attended the memorial mass at St.Patrick’s Cathedral. Two years later, in May 1994 the Andy Warhol Museum opened in his home town Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania.

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He was an inspiration to many, not just in the world of art but to several other people, from furniture brands such as Essential Home, that incorporate inspiration from his art into the world of interior design, to Hollywood directors, artists, designers and others. His legacy will always be remembered and will live on in the hearts of everyone who adores him.


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