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Creator / Andy Warhol

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Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987) was a visual artist, filmmaker, producer, printmaker, icon, author, part-time model and clothing designer. And a little bit of a painter too.

Born Andrew Warhola, Jr. in Pittsburgh to Rusynnote -American parents, Andy Warhol was a sickly child and often hospitalized. He developed a phobia of hospitals and was pathologically shy. Interested in drawing, he had a lot of time to practice. He went to art school and moved to New York. He started in commercial art illustration, but radically changed his style. Andy became famous for his hyper-saturated representations of everyday items, adhering to the concept that the everyday is beautiful. Famous pieces include Campbell's Soup Cans, Marilyn Diptych and Elvis.

Andy founded The Factory: a menagerie of his friends, drag queens, musicians, sexual radicals, models, drug dealers, free-thinkers and other oddities. Many of the "Warhol Superstars" including Edie Sedgwick, Betsey Johnson and Gerard Malanga went on to become stars in their individual fields. Other Factory regulars included Salvador DalĂ­, Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Mick Jagger, Truman Capote, Yves Saint Laurent and The Velvet Underground.

Things changed when Valerie Solanas shot Warhol. Warhol survived the shooting but the event had a permanent effect on his life and work. He said of the shooting,

"Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there — I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. People sometimes say that the way things happen in movies is unreal, but actually it's the way things happen in life that's unreal. The movies make emotions look so strong and real, whereas when things really do happen to you, it's like watching television — you don't feel anything. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television. The channels switch, but it's all television."

After that, The Factory was finished. In the 70's, Warhol did portraits commissioned by Michael Jackson, Liza Minnelli, and John Lennon among others. In the 80's Warhol collaborated with younger artists and began exploring the artistic possibilities of computers, even endorsing the Commodore Amiga. He died in 1987, after delaying a check up on a gallbladder issue due to his phobia of hospitals.

Warhol is also the Trope Namer for 15 Minutes of Fame.

Warhol's notable works include:

(Note that many of his works have the property of being Exactly What It Says on the Tin, so there's no need to Pot Hole that trope in this section.)


  • "Campbell's Soup Cans" (sometimes "32 Campbell's Soup Cans"), a series of paintings which consisted of 32 different cans of Campbell's Soup, each of a different variety.
  • "Marilyn Diptych", his most famous work besides the Soup Cans, consisting of 50 repetitions of a publicity still of Marilyn Monroe, with one half in color, the other in steadily decaying black and white; made two weeks after her death, probably as a meditation on celebrity deaths.
  • "The Last Supper" (exact title never truly established), a series of paintings and sketches, many not fully completed, depicting Jesus at, well, the Last Supper. These devotional works, reflective of Warhol's deeply-held but little-advertised Ruthenian Catholic faith, were not exhibited in his lifetime, and show Warhol's little-known religious side.


Warhol made a series of films between 1963 and 1969, which include:

  • Empire, a 485 minute shot of the Empire State Building.
  • Taylor Mead's Ass, a 70 minute, somewhat sarcastic response to one critic who complained about "films focusing on Taylor Mead's ass for two hours."
  • Vinyl, one of the only Warhol-directed films with a plot: A very, very loose adaption of A Clockwork Orange (predating the Stanley Kubrick movie by about 6 years), done in a single almost-continuous shot.
  • Chelsea Girls, a somewhat unusual experiment consisting of two sets of sketches, presented side by side, one in color, the other in black and white. Co-directed by Paul Morrissey.

Films associated with Warhol

Paul Morrissey wrote and directed two films, produced by Warhol (some claim that Warhol's involvement only amounted to allowing his name to be used):

Works about Warhol include:

  • Scenes From The Life Of Andy Warhol 1990 Film by Jonas Mekas
  • I Shot Andy Warhol, 1996 Film
  • Songs For Drella 1990 album by Lou Reed and John Cale
  • Superstar: The Life and Times of Andy Warhol 1996 Documentary by Chuck Workman

Works where Andy Warhol appears as a character include:




Live-Action Television

  • The Love Boat. He appeared As Himself on an episode of The Love Boat.
  • Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy has an inexplicably robotic Warhol as Noel's cleaner.
  • Vinyl note 
  • An occasional offscreen character in Mad Men, as Peggy occasionally interacts with the early Factory through her artier friends.
  • The seventh episode of American Horror Story: Cult deals with the assassination attempt by Valerie Solanas. Played by Evan Peters, whose resemblance to Warhol has often been noted prior to it.


Music Videos

  • Warhol directed the video for The Cars' "Hello Again", where he cameos as a bartender.

Newspaper Comics

  • It's hinted in Safe Havens that 'Andy Warhol' is one of the many identities Leonardo da Vinci assumes-or, technically, will assume-to release more of his work to the public. This is possible thanks to his Time Travel abilities.


Video Games

  • The Sims. In The Sims 1: Superstar expansion, Warhol is depicted as the main photographer.

Western Animation

  • Futurama, "All The President's Heads"
  • The Simpsons, Homer has a dream where he is attacked by works of art. Andy Warhol pelts him with soup cans.

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Alternative Title(s): Warhol