How can you say one style is better than another? You ought to be able to be an Abstract Expressionist next week, or a Pop artist, or a realist, without feeling you've given up something.. I think that would be so great, to be able to change styles. And I think that's what's is going to happen, that's going to be the whole new scene." - Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol (Andrew Warhola, born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. Common themes found in his work explore the relationship between advertising, celebrity culture, and artistic expression that exploded during the 60’s. His work equips several different mediums, including silkscreening, painting, film, sculpture, and photography. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966–67).
His successful career began with commercial illustration. In the late 1950’s he began to exhibit his work. Historically known as The Factory, Warhol’s studio became well-known for bringing together distinguished intellectuals, playwrights, drag queens, Bohemian street people, celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with inspiring the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame". Warhol also managed and produced The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine. He lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement. He has published books such as The Philosophy of Andy Warhol and Popism: The Warhol Sixties. After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia in February 1987 at the age of 58.