Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was an American artist and filmmaker, best known for being a leading figure and exponent of the Pop Art movement of the 1960s.

Warhol started painting in the late 1950s and rose to fame and sudden notoriety in 1962 when he exhibited his paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles, wooden replicas of Brillo soap pad boxes and his Marilyn Monroe diptych.

The artist’s work was an exploration of the relationships between art, advertising and celebrity culture and he created his artworks in a variety of media such as painting, silkscreen printings, photography, film and sculpture.

Leaning into silkscreen printing with a large amount of his work, the artist used this medium to express the supposed emptiness of materialism and celebrity culture through his repeated images of icons.

Warhol’s New York Studio, called The Factory, became a hotspot for distinguished and high-profile individuals, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy patrons.

In 2022, Shot Sage Blue Marilyn (1964) sold for $195 million, which at the time is the most expensive work of art sold at auction by an American artist.