“In the future, everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.”
After graduating from college in 1949, Warhol moved to New York City to pursue a career as a commercial artist. He went on to become one of the most successful commercial artists of the 1950s. In the late 1950s, Warhol began devoting more attention to painting, and in 1961 debuted the concept of “pop art”—works that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. In 1962, he exhibited the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans. These small canvas works of everyday consumer products created a stir in the art world, bringing both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time.
In the early 1960s Warhol began adapting the commercial process of silkscreening to the world of fine art prints and created iconic masterpieces such as Marilyn Monroe, Campbell’s Soup, Ads and Myths—works that explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertisement.
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