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Andy  Warhol was born on August 6

Born in1928, in Pittsburgh,  Pennsylvania, Andy Warhol was a magazine and ad illustrator who became a leading  artist of the 1960s Pop art movements. He ventured into a wide variety of art  forms, including performance art, film making, video installations and writing.  

At age 8, Warhol contracted  Chorea ─ a rare and sometimes fatal disease of the nervous system ─  that left  him bedridden for several months. It was during these months, that his mother,  gave him his first drawing lessons. Drawing soon became Warhol's favorite  pastime. He was also an avid fan of the movies, and when at the age of 9,  his  mother bought him a camera,  he took up photography, developing film in a  makeshift darkroom he set up in their basement.

When he graduated from  college in 1949, Warhol moved to New York City to pursue a career as a  commercial artist. He landed a job with Glamour magazine and went on to  become one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s.

In the late 1950s, Warhol  began devoting more attention to painting, and in 1961, he debuted the concept  of "pop art"—paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. In 1962,  he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell's soup cans. These small  canvases created a major stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art  into the national spotlight for the first time.

Warhol also painted celebrity  portraits in vivid and garish colors; his most famous subjects include Marilyn  Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, Mick Jagger and Mao Zedong. As these portraits gained  fame and notoriety, Warhol began to receive hundreds of commissions for  portraits from socialites and celebrities.

In 1968, Warhol's thriving  career almost ended. He was shot by Valerie Solanas, an aspiring writer who had  appeared in one of Warhol's films and was reportedly upset over his refusal to  use a script she had written. Andy was seriously wounded.

In the 1970s, Warhol  published The Philosophy of Andy  Warhol and Exposures.  He   also experimented extensively with video art, producing more than 60 films.  Some of his most famous films include Sleep, which depicts a poet   sleeping for six hours, and Eat,  which shows a man eating a mushroom during 45 minutes. Warhol also worked in  sculpture and photography, and in the 1980s, he moved into television,  hosting Andy Warhol's TV and Andy Warhol's Fifteen Minutes on  MTV.

On February 22, 1987, at the  age of 58, Warhol died of cardiac arrest.

In 1968,  Warhol said "In  the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes",
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Andy Warhol -1929-1987


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