The Top 100 Greatest New Yorkers — #37
Andy Warhol (1928 – 1987)
“In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” is a legendary quote from Andy Warhol a man so obsessed with the culture of fame that his greatest art works were prints of celebrities and well-known brands, his studio became as renowned as a gathering place to see and be seen as for the work that was done there, and his greatest cultural contribution outside of the art world was the founding of Interview magazine. But Warhol was also a serious artist whose work can be seen at MoMA, the Whitney, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. One of the movers and shakers of the pop art movement, Warhol worked in film, music, drawing, painting, printmaking, silk screening, photography, and sculpture. He also held court with colleagues and patrons at such cultural hot spots as the Chelsea Hotel and Max’s Kansas City. In 1968, Warhol was the victim of an attempted murder by paranoid schizophrenic Valerie Solanas, who shot him with a pistol. He survived but never completely recovered, physically or emotionally. The mercurial pixie gave way to a shy wallflower whose art became more financially calculated and less experimental. At age 58, he died while in recovery from a routine gallbladder surgery.
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