Pop goes Andy Warhol

Aug 06, 2014, 08:07 IST | Dhara Vora

On the 86th birth anniversary of American artist Andy Warhol, pioneer of the world's Pop art movement, we celebrate some of his iconic works that changed the way we look at art

A visitor looks at Andy Warhol's artwork, Campbell's Soup Cans at the Tate Modern in London February 5, 2002.
A visitor looks at Andy Warhol's artwork, Campbell's Soup Cans at the Tate Modern in London February 5, 2002. Pic/AFP

Self portrait
A feminist writer named Valerie Solanas once attempted to murder Warhol by shooting at him in 1968. Warhol was severely injured in this attack. This self portrait of the artist dates to 1986 (one year before his death after complications from a surgery) seen at Graves Gallery on April 11, 2012 in Sheffield, England. PICS/Getty Images and AFP

Andy Warhol’s artwork
Breaking records: Andy Warhol’s artwork, Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster), is displayed while being auctioned at Sotheby’s on November 13, 2013 in New York City. The artwork was sold for $1,04,445,000, a record for the artist. 

Warhol seen here holding bananas, which were one of the many everyday objects that he painted. Warhol began as a commercial illustrator, working for magazine covers, shoe advertisements, record covers and more. His first and most famous renditions of daily objects was the Campbell’s Soup Can series. Other motifs  include dollar signs, cows and Coca Cola. Through this exercise, he explored consumerism and the impact of advertisements on society.

Last Supper paintings
While his celebrity portraits remain very popular even outside the art circles, one of the significant and last paintings created by Warhol are his Last Supper paintings. This particular painting was sold at Bukowski Contemporary auction sale on May 14 this year for 6.8 million euros. 

Andy Warhol
Blue Shot Marilyn by Andy Warhol as part of the exhibition, Warhol, April 17, 2014, Rome.

Warhol painted various icons including Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley and Muhammad Ali.

He even created artworks as a political expression. One such is the Mao series.

Warhol’s studio, The Factory, was famous for attracting all kinds of personalities, from strugglers to Hollywood celebrities. The term ‘15 minutes of fame’ can also be credited to Warhol who had said, “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”. 

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