Andy Warhol (born 6.8.1928 - died 22.2.1987)
Andy Warhol was an American artist best known for his contributions to the Pop Art style from the 1950s to the 1980s.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth, Andy Warhol had a net worth of 220 million USD at the time of his death in 1987.
Childhood: Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Julia and Andrew Warhol Sr. The couple moved to the US from Czechoslovakia after their first child died. Andy was born with two older brothers, and graduated from Schenley High School in 1945. Originally intending to become an arts teacher, Warhol earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in pictorial design from the Carnegie Institute of Technology. In the same year, Warhol began a career in magazine illustration and advertising.
Career: Throughout the 1950s, Andy Warhol worked on developing his style and technique through his work in the advertising business. In 1962, Warhol brought his pop art to the West Coast in an exhibition in Los Angeles. During the 1960s, Warhol founded his studio named The Factory in its first of three locations. It was outside the second location for The Factory that a radical feminist writer and actress from one of Warhol's films, attempted to murder him and a curator who was visiting at the time in 1968. The 1970s saw a quieter decade for Warhol, as he spent the vast majority of his time painting portraits for famous people like Mick Jagger and John Lennon, as well as Chairman Mao. As he entered the 1980s, Warhol was criticised for being too much of a business artist.
Personal life: Andy Warhol was openly gay, and it is said that this contributed heavily to his style of art. He was well known for a strongly suggestive aspect to his work, as well as some of his films and portraits being considered explicit. On the 22nd February, 1987, Andy Warhol died in his sleep from problems with his gallbladder.
The Velvet Underground & Nico and (Andy Warhol) - I am both, a musician called Lone Taxidermist and a make up artist, so Record store Day seemed like a good way of merging both of my passions. One of the reasons why I love vinyl is because of its true long playing physical format. I decided to listen to each album in full from start to end over and over again until the face was complete. Every time the album finished I would have a glass of wine! But I was getting too drunk especially after Human League!" - London, United Kingdom - Friday 24th April 2015
Andy Warhol. On Floppy Disks.
Andy Warhol Works Have Been Found on Floppy Disks
The story goes that computer and electronics manufacturer Commodore commissioned Warhol to create art using the company's Amiga 1000 computer, in 1985. Warhol saved many of his experimental images to floppy disks.
Continue reading: 'Lost' Collection of Andy Warhol Paintings Found on Amiga Floppy Disks
A painting of 'Charlie's Angels' star Farrah Fawcett by Andy Warhol is ruled as the property of her former lover Ryan O'Neal in bitter court battle with the University of Texas.
The 'Charlie's Angels' star passed away at the age of 62 in 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer, leaving her own art collection to her old university. However, when her partner of 30 years was found to have kept one of two portraits by famous pop artist Warhol after it was spotted in a reality TV show, the institution took action in a move O'Neal branded as 'simple greed'.
His defence stated that Warhol, who the couple had known for more than 10 years before the paintings were produced, had created one piece for both Fawcett and O'Neal meaning that one of them was not Fawcett's to give away. The pair, although had been in a relationship for a long time, were never married and lived in separate houses though had a son in 1985 named Redmond, who O'Neal plans to bequeath the portrait to.
Continue reading: Warhol's Farrah Fawcett Painting Court Battle Won By Lover Ryan O'Neal
Monica Warhol referred to Kim as an "icon" and said that Andy would have loved her
Kanye West really loves his fiancé, Kim Kardashian, as his endless showing of pricey gifts continues to show. The latest gift for his wife-to-be was a portrait of the reality star, painted by none other than Monica Warhol, the cousin of Andy Warhol.
The pair have been going strong for some time now
West hired the Tucson, Arizona-based artist to create a painting of his baby momma, with Monica going on to commend Kim for her 'work,' calling her an "icon."
Continue reading: Kanye West Hires Andy Warhol's Cousin To Paint "Icon" Kim Kardashian
'Sunset at Montmajour' will take its place in the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam.
A previously unknown landscape painting found in an attic in Norway has been attributed ot the master painter Vincent Van Gogh.
'Sunset at Montmajour' - which depicts trees, bushes and a swirling sky - has spent years in the attic of a private collector after he was told the work was not by the Dutch artist. However, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam authenticated the work by letters, style and the physical materials used.
It is the first full-size canvas by Van Gogh discovered since 1928, according to BBC News.
Continue reading: Van Gogh Masterpiece Found In Attic, Three Other Hidden Art Treasures
Andy Warhol's grave and baptism church feature today (6th August) on a 24 hour webcam broadcast to celebrate the late artist's 85th birthday.
Andy Warhol, the leader of the Pop Art movement, may have died in 1987, but that hasn't stopped him from making headlines today with the as his grave features in an internet event to celebrate his 85th birthday.
The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh in collaboration with Earthcam and St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church will feature a 24 hour event in honour of the late artist.
Continue reading: Andy Warhol's Grave The Focus Of His 85th Birthday Webcam Event
It isn't clear yet whether The Velvet Underground won or not.
If you’ve been keeping up on your Velvet Underground news lately, you know that big disputes can erupt over something as innocent as a banana. The dispute over the Andy Warhol Foundation’s sale of the digital rights over Warhol’s iconic banana (painting, get your mind out of the gutter) has finally been settled.
The conflict erupted last year, when the band sued the foundation for selling rights to the iconic banana design created by Warhol for its 1967 debut album for use on iPhone and iPad products. It is a piece of iconography from the 60s, a memorable remnant from the pop art era. And considering that pop art was all about bright bold designs with little to no meaning, often inspired by advertising, it might be that the banana actually belongs on a pricey iPhone cover.
John McEnroe attends a Warhol photocall
It's safe to say that, while television provided her with the platform she needed, Kylie Minogue is a popstar first and an actor second. But she'll be needed her skillset from the latter as she returns to TV in a black comedy drama on Sky Arts.
Hey Diddly Dee - about a group of actors putting on a play about Andy Warhol - will also star Homeland star David Harewood, and sees her in a rare television performance since she quit Neighbours to pursue an illustrious career in music. The show is by Stephen Fry and Sandi Toksvig's production company, Sprout, and written and directed by actor Marc Warren. She made a brief comeback in the Doctor Who Christmas special on BBC1 in 2007, and earned rave reviews for her most recent role in Leos Carax film, Holy Motors, last year. "I'd definitely love to do more acting. My heart cries out for it; it's such a deep longing," she told the Guardian in an interview at the time. "For years I've been waiting to get back into it and it just hasn't happened. Or, it has happened and it was so disastrous that I thought: 'Oh, it's just not for me.'"
Sky's head of drama, Anne Mensah, told journalists of the show: "I think there's a drama renaissance going on at the moment ... to add Sky to that mix, anything that Sky does makes the drama community in the UK just richer and more exciting."
Kylie Minogue has landed a starring role in a Sky Arts TV comedy based on Andy Warhol's muse Edie Sedgwick. The Australian pop princess - who is dedicating more time to the acting side of her career - will appear in an edition of Playhouse Presents titled Hey Diddly Dee, with comic Peter Serafinowicz playing the enigmatic artist.
The drama follows a group of actors putting on a production about Warhol, with Minogue playing a Sedgwick-style character called Bibbi. "When the script was sent to me, I read it and knew instinctively I wanted to be part of this project. In Hey Diddly Dee, Marc [Warren, director] has created a beautiful and quirky story," said Kylie in a statement. Sedgwick was an artist student who joined Warhol at the infamous 'Factory' - the pop artist's studio and debauched hangout for a group of cool New York eccentrics, some of them drug addicts. She gained fame as a Warhol muse and successful fashion model, though died in 1971 at the age of 28. A coroner ruled her death as "undetermined/accident/suicide" though her death certificate stated the immediate cause was "probably acute barbiturate intoxication." She was played by British actress Sienna Miller in the 2006 movie Factory Girl, which received mixed reviews from critics, though most lauded the actress' individual performance. Film 4 said, "Sienna Miller guarantees herself a bit more than 15 minutes with a strong performance in an otherwise dazed and confused film." James Christopher of The Times said, "Miller is a genuine surprise as the damaged star. But the film leaves her very much as it finds her: a clueless naïve."
Minogue has appeared in a number of movies including Leos Carax's frankly bizarre Holy Motors, which was tipped to win the Palme d'Or in 2012, though eventually lost out to Amour. The Guardian's Peter Bradshaw gave it 5 stars, saying, "A gorgeous furry teacup of a film." Hey Diddly Dee is due to screened on Sky Arts on March 14, which will be followed by a Playhouse Presents episode written and directed by Idris Elba, and another by artist Grayson Perry.
Continue reading: Can Kylie Minogue Outdo Sienna Miller As Edie Sedgwick?
One of the biggest art heists in years has taken place at a Rotterdam museum, with the thieves walking off with works of art thought to be worth millions of dollars. The Dutch art heist has seen the burglars manage to escape with hugely famous works of art from artists including Picasso, Monet, Gauguin and Matisse; police are absolutely baffled at how the robbers managed to get in and out of the highly secured Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam, but have said that it was pretty clear that they knew which paintings they were after, as opposed to just going in and grabbing whatever they could take.
The list of stolen paintings are as follows: Pablo Picasso's 'Harlequin's Head'; Claude Monet's 'Waterloo Bridge, London' and 'Charing Cross Bridge, London'; Henri Matisse's 'Reading Girl in White and Yellow'; Paul Gauguin's 'Girl in Front of Open Window'; Meyer de Haan's 'Self-Portrait,' and Lucian Freud's work 'Woman with Eyes Closed.'
It would appear that there are only a few options open to the thieves however. They may try to seek a ransom from the owners, the museum or the insurers. They could also conceivably sell the paintings in the criminal market - but only for a fraction of their true worth. It is highly unlikely that they, movie-style, had a private investor commissioning the theft.
The Kunsthal Museum in Rotterdam is closed today (October 16, 2012) after paintings by world famous artists including Picasso, Monet, Matisse, Freud and Gauguin were stolen from its premises in the early hours of the morning.
BBC News have reported that the police in the Netherlands have confirmed that the works of art were taken at around 03:00AM local time (02:00AM BST). A spokeswoman for the museum told the AFP news agency that the police were alerted when the alarm was activated but by the time they arrived, the thieves had already left.
Amongst the most famous paintings that have been taken from the museum are Monet's Waterloo Bridge, Picasso's Tete d'Arlequin, Matisse's La Liseuse en Blanc et Jaune and Freud's Woman with Eyes Closed, as well as Monet's Charing Cross Bridge, Gaugin's Femme Devant une Fenetre Ouverte, dite La Fiancee and Meyer de Hann's Autoportrait. A police statement revealed “An initial investigation suggests that the robbery was well prepared” and the investigation into the theft is currently centered in videotape footage from the area. Police have called upon witnesses to come forward with information about the crime.
The Royal Collection have acquired four Andy Warhol prints, depicting the Queen of England. The screenprints were part of Warhol’s Royal Edition series, which also featured Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands, Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Queen Ntombi Twala of Swaziland but the Royal Collection have separated these images of Queen Elizabeth from her royal compadres, so that they can be included in an exhibition entitled The Queen: Portraits of a Monarch, The Guardian reports.
The exhibition is being held at Windsor Castle, to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee and will open on November 23. Warhol once said “I want to be as famous as the Queen of England.” Though he may not have achieved that status, he will at least have the honour of having his work included in this celebratory display, which will feature “a selection of commissioned and formal portraits that highlight the many ways the Queen has been represented in different media throughout her reign.” The screenprints are based on a 1975 photograph of the Queen, taken by Reading-based photographer Peter Grugeon and are sprinkled with fine particles of crushed glass, which “sparkle in the light like diamonds.”
According to The Telegraph, these prints are worth around £150,000 and as such, are at the lower end of the price range for a piece of Andy Warhol art. Warhol’s intention, though, was that the images be shown alongside the three other Queens, so that the viewer could examine their own relationship with each monarch. They have made a conservative choice in selecting a lower-priced exhibition piece but have they undermined Warhols’ true intentions?
Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Takashi Murakami Saturday 20th August 2011 Carlo Harris attends Red Carpet Auction Events presents 'Convergence of the Arts' featuring a multi-million dollar collection of rare fine art, collectibles and sculpture up for bid, including originals by Andy Warhol, Takashi Murakami, Salvador Dali Kaufman, Wesselman, Agam, Rockwell, Mel Ramos, Erte, Pino and Romero Britto, held at Fillmore on Miami Beach Miami Beach, Florida