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Andy Warhol The Life and Art of the Prince of Pop Andy Warhol created the most sensational and often controversial art of the 1960s He appropriated images that Americans knew and loved--like Campbells soup cans and Coca-Cola--and transformed them into radical and enduring works of art Andys art did not give us answers instead it raised questions He gave us a shocking look at what constitutes who we are In grasping the essence of Pop Art Warhols work is completely about the spirit of culture in modern society Andrew Warhola was born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania in 1928 to a poverty-stricken immigrant family Having no money to buy toys Andys mother encouraged him and his two brothers to draw Little Andrew took to it immediately impressing his family with his pictures His father a factory worker had only enough money to send one child to college He began to save his pennies so that Andrew could be the first of the Warholas to attend college At age eight Andrew was diagnosed with a nervous disorder called St Vituss Dance which made his limbs shake uncontrollably and turned his skin ghost-white Later in life it also made his hair fall out hence the white wigs He was ridiculed in school and became a loner always opting to watch rather than partake in fun activities In the future everyone will be world famous for 15 minutes -Andy Warhol Andys fame as an artist lasted longer than fifteen minutes It began at Carnegie University in Pittsburgh where he learned valuable lessons in getting attention He was a shy person and loved to observe people He studied them from the sidelines painting portraits of his classmates which quickly earned him an entourage of friends It was also in college that he submitted a painting to an art contest it was a grotesque image of a man picking his nose Although the painting was immediately withdrawn
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