|Nosepicker 1: Why Pick on Me (originally titled The Lord Gave Me My Face but |
I Can Pick My Own Nose), 1948. tempora and ink on Masonite
|Statue of Liberty, 1962. Silkscreen ink and spray paint.|
|High Heel Shoe, ca 1955. Ink and Dr. Martin's Aniline dye on Strathmore paper.|
Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola on August 6, 1928, in a two-room row house apartment in Pittsburgh. Devout Byzantine Catholics, the family attended mass regularly and observed the traditions of their Eastern European heritage. Warhol’s father, a laborer, moved his family to a brick home on Dawson Street in 1934. Warhol attended the nearby Holmes School and took free art classes at Carnegie Institute (now The Carnegie Museum of Art). Warhol later attended Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) from 1945 to 1949, earning a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Pictorial Design with the goal of becoming a commercial illustrator. Soon after graduating, Warhol moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist.
|Flowers, 1970. Screen print on paper.|
In the late 1950s, Warhol began to devote more energy to painting. He made his first pop-culture paintings, which he based on comics and ads, in 1961. The following year marked the beginning of Warhol’s celebrity. He debuted his famous Campbell’s Soup Can series, which caused a sensation in the art world. Shortly thereafter he began a sequence of movie star portraits.
|Three Marilyns, 1962. Acrylic, silkscreen ink, and graphite on linen.|
Throughout the 1970s Warhol frequently socialized with celebrities such as Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Truman Capote, both of whom had been important early subjects in his art. Celebrity portraits developed into a significant aspect of his career and a main source of income.
|Ai Weiwei: Neolithic Pottery with Coca-Cola Logo, 2007. Metallic paint, earthenware jar.|
|Ai Weiwei: Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn, 2015. Lego blocks (!!)|
In all, you emerge from this must-see museum with a greater understanding of Warhol's genius, beyond his iconic Campbell's Soup Cans paintings, although you ultimately are left with the question, is it ever really possible to understand Andy Warhol?
Getting there: 117 Sandusky Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15212-5890
Hours: Closed Mondays. Open Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday - Thursday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. Check website for holiday schedules.
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|Elvis 11 Times [Studio Type], 1963. (7 shown here) Silkscreen ink and silver paint on linen.|