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Sunday, August 06, 2006

Happy Birthday Andrew Warhola

Happy Birthday Andy Warhol, born August 6, 1928. And that's 1928 plus or minus a year or two - or so- considering in a 1990 biography, "Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol", it was stated Andy didn't like people to know how old he was, so he m-a-y have been born a couple years before 1928, hence his reluctance to tell people his real age or admit the real year of his birth.

Anyway, I've always been an admirer of his art.

According to the above biography Warhol coined the phrase "Superstar". If that claim is embellished, which it may be, no one can deny that he didn't bring the word to the world's attention, not so much with regard to himself, but those that he deemed "Superstars", the glitterati of his era.

He survived being shot three times in the chest on June 3, 1968, by Valerie Solanis, an actress who had worked for him.

He died in 1987, at the age of 58 (far too young!), due to possible complications from routine gallbladder surgery or possibly being given medication to which he may have been allergic. Various lawsuits were filed against the hospital and ultimately a settlement was reached between his estate and the hospital.

During his productive years, of which there were many, he cranked out All Things Art that today remain original in their conceptuality as well as trend setting and cutting edge as when he created them.

Superstar: Andy Warhol

Recognizable Works:
Soup Can
Soup Cans
One of his "Mao's"
Jacqueline Kennedy
Brillo Boxes
Marilyn Monroe - Multi
Marilyn Monroe - Solo
Warhol Biography: Artquote.Net
Warhol Biography: PSU.EDU
Warhol Biography: Wikipedia
The Andy Warhol Museum
Andy's TDK Television Commercial

That picture of Andy at the bottom was black and white initially. Did you change it?
You are correct and have a sharp eye, K. The original post did have a B&W photo of him. I played around with it and colorized it and added the colorized pic today. The B&W one lacked....I dunno, pizazz. Thanks for visiting and commenting.
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