Pop artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) was one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century. Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and death and disaster, he revisited those themes throughout his career in his iconic images of Marilyn Monroe and the electric chair series. Fascinated with mechanical reproduction, Warhol used the medium of silkscreen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. His infamous quips-“art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”-outlive the artist today.
Andy Warhol promotional photo for his book A, a Novel, 1970s. Gelatin silver print, 8 x 10 in. (20.3 x 25.4 cm.). The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. © 2016 The Andy Warhol Museum / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.