Andy Warhol, wo-o-o-o-oah. No, I didn’t just have a seizure. Yes, that’s a song by David Bowie. And yes, today would have been Andy Warhol’s 84th birthday.
How influential was Andy Warhol? Take a look around. The man made soup cans relevant, for crying out loud, and without him we wouldn’t have the art of Shepard Fairey, Jeff Koons, and so many more. Say what you will about his Factory-like artistic output (he was famous for having a studio of helpers actually make the art that he designed, which he’d then take full credit for) – the guy is and was an integral part of the American visual landscape.
He launched the careers of Edie Sedgwick, Candy Darling, Glenn O’Brien and others. He even made Campbell’s Soup more of a household name – when the soup can paintings went on sale in 1962 they sold for just $100 each. Now they command $37,000+.
Here’s a 4 hour PBS documentary on the man who was Andy Warhol.