One of the most revered and iconic artists of the 20th century, Andy Warhol sparked an artistic revolution in America. With KAZoART’s Art in a Minute, we will take you back to some of the most exciting points in the life of the King of Pop Art!

Andy Warhol was…

1. A genius of Pop Art and silkscreen printing

It’s no secret that Andy Warhol made his mark on 20th century art. A central figure in the Pop Art movement, he highlighted his contemporary pop culture icons in works with ultra-saturated colours. His approach was clear: to shine a spotlight on the hyper-consumerism of American culture.

Farah Pahlavi and Andy Warhol [Public domain]

His real name was Andrew Warhola and when he became Andy Warhol, his work inspired a large number of artists, photographers, musicians and fashion designers. Above all, he is known for his well-established silkscreen printing technique. Within his field of work, there was no desire for individuality. He sought to produce art on a large scale of mass production.

2. A film producer

Did you think that Andy Warhol only produced silkscreen prints? Think again! He did so much more than that. His artistic career was full of enriching experiences such as dressing in drag and producing film. In addition to being an outstanding visual artist, he made a name for himself in the world of cinema. In his lifetime, he worked on no less than 70 films.

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Whether they were silent or in black and white, the common thread in his productions was their length. The most well-known of his cinematographic endeavours was undoubtedly the move Sleep wherein he filmed the poet John Giorno sleeping for 5 hours. When the film premiered, there were only 9 people in the viewing room.

3. The founder of The Factory

Andy Warhol had a genius idea: to unite diverse artistic talents under one roof. Its name? The Factory. This New York-based hub of artistic production brought together artists in a collaborative and eclectic atmosphere.

His objective in doing so was to counter the ideas of artists that were v, each enclosed in their own workshops, stuck in their own methods. Painters, musicians, architects and designers were brought together to have shared experiences in a space that was THE place to be.

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Both artist and filmmaker, Andy Warhol was also a music producer. His studio was home to the band Velvet Underground, of which he was of course, the manager. The cover for their album was featured on one of Warhol’s works.

This artist was a muti-faceted creative that made album covers for the Rolling Stones and John Lennon. Just to add to his long list of achievements, he also ran a successful nightclub that served as the set of two TV shows and was the origin of the Interview magazine. He was indeed a man of many interests and talents.

What he said

If you want to know everything about Andy Warhol, just look at the surfaces of my paintings, films and myself. I’m here. There’s nothing behind it, just me.

Andy Warhol

Did you know?

Andy Warhol’s life changed drastically on June 3, 1968. While at The Factory, an armed woman tried to kill him by shooting him 3 times. He was announced dead on the scene but thanks to his doctor’s perseverance was able to recover from his critical injuries. That said, he had to wear a medical brace for the rest of his life.

His greatest works

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Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962
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Andy Warhol, Marilyn Diptych, 1962
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Warhol, Liz Taylor, 1964
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Andy Warhol, Mao Zedong, 1973

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