Andy Warhol (Pittsburgh, 1928 - New York, 1987) is internationally recognize for being the most famous representative artists of Pop Art. The Pop Art movement rose as an answer to some of the concerns raised by European avant-gardes and reacted to the mass-media culture of the 1960s in England and the United States. He is a fundamental figure in the development of the history of Western art in the 20th and 21st century, and an inspiration to many artists today.
Warhol explored different techniques such as video, drawing, painting, installation, performance, and screen printing. Heir to Marcel Duchamp and Salvador Dalí, Warhol became art himself as a public figure and questioned the exclusivity of the artistic object, making it a serially produced object. He also distanced himself from the manual and artisanal process as a way of questioning authorship as well, as proposing a new concept of what the postmodern artist could be.
He opened the mythical Factory in New York, a place that became not only the artist's studio, but also a meeting point for creators, models and singers that he sponsored, and famous people who came to his parties. Warhol became a protector and collaborator of younger artists such as Francesco Clemente and Keith Haring, but especially Jean-Michel Basquiat.
Andy Warhol is undoubtedly an icon of American art and consumer society, and one of the world's most sought after artists.
After his death, The Andy Warhol Foundation was created and. In 1994, The Andy Warhol Museum opened in his hometown, Pittsburgh. Today, galleries and museums arund the world still dedicate exhibitions to his work, and his works continue to thrive at auction and are highly sought after among collectors.
Marella Agnelli, 1972
Synthetic polymer paint and silkscreen ink on canvas
Twelve canvases, 12 x 10 inches each