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American artist Andy Warhol, born in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, was a leading figure in the Pop Art Movement and is considered one of the most important artists of his time, known for his iconic, energetic, and bold compositions in the second half of the 20th century. His work is a comment on postw-war culture and consumerism that has captivated the world through iconic imagery and a witty visual language.

His interest in fashion, fame, celebrities and Hollywood started from a young age, and can be seen in the subject of his work. Warhol used photographic silkscreen printing to create portraits of A-list celebrities such as Elvis Presley, Elizabeth Taylor, and Dolly Parton, and made use of mass media culture in the 60s to represent pop-culture and consumer icons. Warhol is most well-known for his series of The Last Supper, Marilyn Monroe, and the Brillo Boxes. The method of printing allowed him to produce multiple versions of his work in different variations while reproducing images from public shots or tabloids, further demonstrating the consumer culture of the late 20th century.

Warhol’s exhibition in Los Angeles’ Ferus Gallery in 1962, "Andy Warhol: Campbell's Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967”, was one of his most iconic showings which featured a symbolic painting of the Pop Art Movement, the Campbell soup cans. This exhibition was a ground breaking moment that catapulted the artist into fame and established him as a leading figure in contemporary art.

Another important exhibition of Warhol’s art, "Andy Warhol: The Factory”, took place in the Stable Gallery in New York City in 1964. It was significant for representing “The Factory”, which was Warhol’s infamous studio. Warhol’s work, including the silk-screened paintings and installations, were showcased, and offered viewers a glimpse into Warhol's unique artistic process and the vibrant cultural scene of 1960s New York City.

"Andy Warhol: A Retrospective" (1989): Organised by the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, this exhibition was the largest retrospective of Warhol's work to date. It featured over 400 artworks spanning his entire career, from his early commercial illustrations to his later experimental works. The retrospective highlighted Warhol's enduring influence on contemporary art and solidified his status as one of the most significant artists of the 20th century.

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