Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol

In the future, everybody would be world famous for 15 minutes. Andy Warhol

Whether you like Andy Warhol's work or not, there is no denying the incredible influence it had on the art that came after it, and pop culture in general.  The eccentric, flamboyant painter, filmmaker, sculptor, and musician, churned out an incredible amount of work over a tragically short lifetime. Unlike many visual artists who spent their lives struggling to make ends meet, only to have their work fetch millions after their deaths, Warhol had a successful commercial art career that he left behind to focus on creating polarizing, ground-breaking, experimental art.  He churned out an astonishing number of works.  So many, in fact, that the Andy Warhol Museum in Pennsylvania is the largest museum dedicated to the artwork of a single artist in the United States.  When he passed away in the late 80s, a bitter dispute began between those business associates who had been closest to him.  At stake? An enormously valuable estate.

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