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August 06

Andy Warhol

It was Andy Warhol who said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Today’s reality TV shows prove him right.

Photo by Bernard Gotfryd/Getty Images.

1928: Prince of Pop Art
Andy Warhol is born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Whether silkscreening, painting, filming, or photographing his subjects, artist Andy Warhol looked at them with a brand-new eye. Though he began his career designing ads and record covers, it’s as a fine artist that his creativity took flight.

Warhol used images of familiar objects—from Campbell’s Soup cans to Brillo dishwashing sponges—to find the artistic qualities in mundane objects and to redefine what constituted art. His work supports “pop art”—a 20th century art movement in which popular culture’s logos, products, and images are used together or separately—and, its creators say, is elevated to something on par with more traditional art.

At the end of the day, Warhol created uniquely American art that commented on our obsession with celebrities and consumerism.
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