The American artist and filmmaker Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928. There has for years been quite a bit of confusion to where and when Andy Warhol was born, but according to Andy’s two older brothers and the birth certificate that was filed in Pittsburgh in 1945, he was born on August 6th in Pittsburgh. Whether or not this is the day he was born hasn’t been proved, but it was on this date he would celebrate his birthday. However, there is no doubt that he died at 6:31 A.M. on Sunday, February 22nd, 1987, at the New York Hospital after a gallbladder operation. He is considered a founder and major figure of the POP ART movement. A graduate of the Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1949, he moved to New York City and gained success as a commercial artist. He got his first break in August 1949, when Glamour Magazine wanted him to illustrate a feature entitled “Success is a Job in New York”. But by accident the credit read “Drawings by Andy Warhol” and that’s how Andy dropped the “a” in his last name. He continued doing ads and illustrations and by 1955 he was the most successful and imitated commercial artist in New York. In 1960 he produced the first of his paintings depicting enlarged comic strip images – such as Popeye and Superman – initially for use in a window display.
Andy Warhol Screen Prints, Silk Screens, & Lithographs
Heralding the Pop Art movement during the latter half of the 20th century and possibly the most known artists of his era and style, Andy Warhol is best known for his re-appropriation of classic commercial advertisements and elevating them to the realm of fine art through his artistic exploration of his signature subjects, namely celebrities, pop icons, and royalty, and their relationships to the overarching themes of consumerism and fame. Warhol artworks, such as his paintings, hand-signed Warhol screenprints, silkscreens, and lithographs, are highly sought-after and take the spotlight at major galleries around the world.
Bighorn Ram from Endangered Species Series, 1983 Andy Warhol Original screenprintPRICE ON REQUESTItem # 3516
Fiesta Pig, 1979 Andy Warhol Hand Signed Color Screenprint$48,000.00Item # 3509
Blackglama (Judy Garland) from Ads Series, 1985 Andy Warhol Hand Signed Color ScreenprintPRICE ON REQUESTItem # 3502
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (Violet) from the Reigning Queens, 1985 Andy Warhol$150,000.00Item # 4844
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (White) from the Reigning Queens Royal Edition with Diamond Dust of 1985 Andy Warhol Reigning Queens Royal Edition$82,000.00Item # 4842
Queen Margrethe II of Denmark (Teal) from the Reigning Queens of 1985 Andy Warhol Queen Margrethe II$80,000.00Item # 4843
Mother and Child from Cowboys and Indians, 1986 Andy Warhol Cowboys and Indians$65,000.00Item # 5268
Sachiko, 1977 Andy Warhol Hand Signed Color Screenprint
$45,000.00Item # 3590
Marcia Weisman, 1975 Andy Warhol Marcia Weisman, 1975$34,000.00Item # 4793
Mick Jagger, 1975 Andy WarholSOLDItem # 4886
Fist from Muhammad Ali Series, 1978 Andy Warhol Hand Signed Color ScreenprintPRICE ON REQUESTItem # 3505
Why Warhol ?
Andy Warhol's Pop Art legacy continues to inspire various forms of contemporary aesthetic expression. Masterworks Fine Art Gallery specializes in hand-signed Warhol screenprints, silkscreens, and lithographs, including unique trial proofs which are of higher collectible value due to their distinct color variations and one-of-a-kind nature.
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Andy Warhol Biography
Warhol pioneered the development of the process whereby an enlarged photographic image is transferred to a silk screen that is then placed on a canvas and inked from the back. Each Warhol silkscreen used this technique that enabled him to produce the series of mass-media images – repetitive, yet with slight variations – that he began in 1962. These iconic Andy Warhol prints, incorporating such items as Campbell’s Soup cans, dollar bills, Coca-Cola bottles, and the faces of celebrities, can be taken as comments on the banality, harshness, and ambiguity of American culture.
Later in the 1960s, Warhol made a series of experimental films dealing with such ideas as time, boredom, and repetition; they include Sleep (1963), Empire (1964), and The Chelsea Girls (1966). In 1965 he started working with a rockband called “The Velvet Underground” formed by Lou Reed and John Cale. Andy introduced them to the model and moviestar Nico and she sang on their debut album from 1967 “The Velvet Underground and Nico”. Andy would travel around the country, not only with The Velvets, but also with superstar of the year Edie Sedgwick and the lightshow “The Exploding Plastic Inevitable”.
On June 3rd, 1968, Valerie Solanis, a rejected superstar, came into The Factory and shot Andy three times in the chest. He was rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead, but after having his chest cut up and been given heart massage, he survived. Valerie Solanis turned herself in that night and was put in a mental institution. She was later given a three year prison sentence. After recovering Andy Warhol continued to work. He founded inter/VIEW magazine in 1969 (they changed the name to Interview in 1971), published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol: From A to B and Back Again in 1975 and continued to paint portraits until his death in 1987.
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