Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 6, 1928, to Slovakian immigrants, Andy Warhol is one of the most iconic American artists of the twentieth century. He attended the Carnegie Institute for Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) from 1945-49. Upon graduation, he moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist, landing jobs with Columbia Records, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, NBC, Glamour magazine, among others. Warhol began devoting more time to painting, and in 1962, he debuted the concept of Pop Art with an exhibition of his now famous Campbell’s soup can paintings. Warhol opened his own studio in 1964 which was known as “The Factory”, and it quickly became a cultural icon and hotspot in the city. In 1968 Warhol was shot and seriously wounded by Valerie Solanas, an aspiring writer and radical feminist. He spent weeks in the hospital recovering. Warhol continued to work throughout the 1970s and 80s until his death on February 22, 1987.
Andy Warhol is featured in Edition: Guest Editor, Stephan Breuer