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Andy Warhol was born August 6 1928 in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania He was born at the time of the famous Wall Street Crash 1929 and the Great Depression Like millions of other families Andys father could not find work and his early childhood was very difficult and deprived After several years his familys financial situation improved and able to attend a commercial design course at Pittsburghs Carnegie Institute of Technology Although he was very shy and had a strong fear of failure he did very well there In 1949 Andy moved to New York He quickly became a successful and highly paid commercial artist in the 1950s but desperately wished for fame as a fine artist He was unsuccessful in his efforts and sold few exhibits Andy became depressed and believed that the fine art world had rejected his art as old fashioned and irrelevant Needing new ideas to help boost his creativity Andy got several ideas from a his friend Muriel Latow Her advice was to paint what he loved most such as money or what everybody would recognize soup cans and coke bottles Andy expanded on these ideas and his paintings of the early 60s reflected his progress as a Pop artist Soon he gained the financial success and fame he had longed for During his career Andy used several different methods and media for producing his art He was able to create the same subject in different media and by different methods Before 1962 he used paint acrylic or oil and stencil for his subjects In 1964 Andy began silk-screening images on wooden boxes He became well known for his boxed commodities soapboxes and Brillo pad box sculptures By 1982 Andy had begun to lose some of his creative energy His lack of direction was evident through his 9 painting - a work which depicts 9 dollar signs in various shades and colors In the year before his death Andy
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