Andy Warhol created a legacy and changed the world of art. 

Yet if you’re wondering whether the late artist was just about soup cans and movie stars and the colourful painting of Marilyn Monroe, you need to know there’s a lot more to the story. 

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Born in 1928 in Pennsylvania as Andrew Warhola, Andy Warhol became one of the most prolific artists of his time. He explored a variety of art forms, from performance art, filming, and video installing to writing — blurring the lines between fine art and mainstream aesthetics. After graduating, Warhol kickstarted his graphic designing career with popular magazines like Glamour, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, and even luxury fashion house Tiffany & Co. From landing his first job at a fashion magazine to becoming an art legend, iconic images were more than just artwork, because his ideas and surprising approaches often stirred conversations, too. Find below a few of the reasons why, and be sure to check out his upcoming exhibition at River City this August. 

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1. Andy Warhol brought about the Pop Art Movement 

When we think of one of the most significant figures in Pop Art, we think of Andy Warhol. He was a leading artist of the 1960s Pop Art movement and a major contributor to the phenomenon. He also explored the concept of consumerism and popularised art, bringing modern art to the masses in American culture.

2. He explored Pop Culture

From the print of Campbell’s Soup Can to Coca Cola, Warhol is famous for exploring popular culture in his artwork. He began his work as a commercial artist and created prints for advertisements using his famous silk-screening technique. Eventually, his career skyrocketed and he founded his studio in New York called The Factory (a cultural icon in itself, really) and also collaborated with many other artists. Ultimately, reproducing images from pop culture became his signature style. 

From creating iconic album art for artists like The Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin, to becoming deeply involved with The Velvet Underground for their first album, Warhol also had a hand in influencing the pop music industry at that time.

3. He introduced avant-garde cinema

Warhol also deeply explored filmmaking, by producing fine cinema such as the film Sleep, Empire, and Chelsea Girl — which sold out screenings in New York and Los Angeles. He was known to create nearly 600 films and was lauded by film critics for his work. 

4. He survived a bullet shot

During the peak of his career, Warhol was shot by a radical feminist and writer who occasionally visited The Factory. Whilst Warhol survived the attack, he was profoundly wounded, making it a turning point in his work. 

 5. He introduced silk screen printing 

Warhol created screen-printing so he could create lots of artworks that looked the same. While doing this he would switch the colours around and present a variety of prints with contrasting hues. One of his most valued works include his depictions of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley, as well as some of his paintings of car crashes and newsworthy events. 

6. He founded Interview Magazine 

After successfully being part of the showbiz industry, Warhol founded Interview Magazine featuring some intimate conversations with stars. 

7. The Andy Warhol Museum is the most extensive single-artist museum in the world

A museum entirely dedicated to Andy Warhol, The Andy Warhol Museum is a celebration of the largest collection of Andy Warhol’s artworks and archival materials. It is also the most extensive single-artist museum in the world and the largest in North America. The museum is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of the artist’s birth. 

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8. Last but definitely not least: Andy Warhol’s work now debuts in Thailand

Finally, we are welcoming the most anticipated art exhibition of the year. River City Bangkok is presenting us with “Andy Warhol: Pop Art,” a private collection of 128 original works and memorabilia. The internationally renowned icon’s work from the 20th century will be showcased at RCB and it will be divided into four categories: Self-Portraits and Photos, Celebrity Photos, Magazine and Album Covers, and Silk Printing and Others. Although this exhibition was going to take place back in May 2020, due to the global pandemic, it was pushed to August. Definitely worth the wait nevertheless, mark your calendars for 12 August 2020, and we’ll see you there.

Alisha Pawa
Writer
Alisha is a passionate dancer and is always creating her own choreographies. She is a fan of rom-com novels, a coffee-drinker who loves tea, and is always on-the-go for her midnight chocolate cravings. She hopes to tick-off her never-ending bucket list one day by hosting her own travel show.