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.
It was tucked away in storage for nearly 40 years.
Can you imagine being so rich that you didn't realise you owned a priceless painting by one of the most renowned pop-artists in the world? Well, that's exactly what happened to shock rocker Alice Cooper when he decided to open up an old storage locker of his recently.
Alice Cooper at the Silver Clef Awards
It was actually his manager Shep Gordon and his mother who reminded him that he was in possession of a silkscreen print of Andy Warhol's Little Electric Chair from his Death and Disaster series. He had obtained it when the pair became friends back in the early 70s.
Woodlawn was also named checked in Lou Reed’s 1972 classic ‘Walk on the Wild Side’
Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress who gained fame as one of Andy Warhol’s superstars in the 1970s, has died aged 69. Woodlawn had been battling cancer in recent years and passed away at an assisted-living facility in Los Angeles on Sunday.
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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.
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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.
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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."
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'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.
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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.
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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
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.
Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali and Takashi Murakami Saturday 20th August 2011 Thomas Kramer 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
Date of birth
6th October, 1928
Date of death
22nd February, 1987