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Pop Culture artwork by Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol is without a doubt the first name to come to mind when thinking about the pop art culture. His iconic work focused mainly on celebrity culture, artistic expression and advertisement, which were all prominent in the 1960’s. He utilized a variety of media including hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music.

He also lived openly as a homosexual man before the gay liberation movement began. He had a studio, The Factory, where intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons would collaborate.

The historic influence that is Warhol proved to produce extraordinarily valuable pieces, including some of the most expensive paintings ever to be sold.  With his absolute embrace of popular culture, Warhol found himself as one of the founders of the Pop Art movement. While never traditionally thought of as a popular consumer product before, Warhol’s work opened up the ideas of mass-production and mass-appeal into the art world.