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Andy Warhol Andy Warhol the American painter printmaker illustrator and filmmaker was born in Pittsburgh in 1928 Andy Warhol graduated in 1949 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pictorial design with hopes of becoming an art teacher in the public schools While in Pittsburgh he worked for a department store arranging window displays and often was asked to simply look for ideas in fashion magazines While recognizing the job as a waste of time he recalls later that the fashion magazines gave me a sense of style and other career opportunities Upon graduating Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 to pursue a career as a commercial artist and illustrator for magazines and newspapers Although extremely shy and clad in old jeans and sneakers Warhol attempted to intermingle with anyone at all who might be able to assist him in the art world His portfolio secure in a brown bag Warhol introduced himself and showed his work to anyone that could help him out Eventually he go t a job with Glamour magazine in September of that year He soon became one of the most successful illustrators of his time and won numerous awards for his work from the Art Directors Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts Much of Warhols commercial work was based on photographs and other types of source images a process he would continue to rely on for the rest of his life In 1956 Warhol traveled around the world for several weeks visiting many countries in Asia and Europe In the late 1950s he began to devote more energy to painting He made his first Pop paintings such as the Campbells Soup Can and Green Coca-Cola Bottles in the early 1960s These created a sensation in the art world and launched Warhol as a celebrity Warhol had a life-long fascination with Hollywood stars In 1962 he began a large series of celebrity portraits including Marilyn
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