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Andy Warhol's 'Marilyn' and Its Influence on Fashion

  • Date Submitted: 03/31/2011 11:36 AM
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On August 6 1928 Andrew Warhola was born in Pittsburgh. His mother and father were Carpatho- Rusyn immigrants from East Slovakia. When he was just 9 years old Andy developed an interest in photography. He also started taking violin lessons but quit as he didn’t like his teacher. Between 1937 and 1941 he attended free art classes at the Carnegie Institute of technology. When Andy was diagnosed with Sydenham’s chorea and had to stay at home for more than two months. At this time his mother encouraged his interests in art and comics. When he was eleven he began collecting photos of movie stars and kept them in a scrapbook. In 1949, after graduating from Carnegie Tech, he moved to New York City. He began work as a commercial artist under the name Andy Warhol. His published work included drawings for Opera News and Dance Magazine. In 1953, he had hosted his first solo exhibition at the Hugo Gallery, titled Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. Just 30 and Warhol designed the record covers for Kenny Burrell’s Blue Lights and Andy Warhol enterprises were legally incorporated. In 1962 Warhol began his photo silk-screened Marilyn paintings as a tribute to Marilyn Monroe after her tragic death. Warhol then went on to movie making and had stars like Joe Dallesandro and Candy Darling to appear in films. On February 22 1987 Warhol died. According to reports from the news Warhol had been making good progress after a routine gallbladder surgery however he then died in his sleep from a sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia.

From a very young age Warhol developed an interest in Art and Photography. Warhol took pictures with the family’s Kodak Brownie camera. He had two older brothers, Pavol, the oldest, was born in Slovakia and Ján was born in Pittsburgh. Pavol's son, James Warhola went onto become a successful children's book illustrator. He became a bed-ridden as a child after he was diagnosed Sydenhams chorea, he became an outcast at school developed a...

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