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By Hasnain Alibhai 
by Sean Reynolds


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Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh in 1928, to the Slovak immigrants, and was considered to be 'a child of his times'. At the age of seven, he collected autographs and photos of famous people and hung them over his bed. He believed that they had a magic power that would bring him success.

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   In 1942, Warhol enrolled in a free fine arts course at the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburg, and later on studied in the Faculty of Design. After completing his studies, he moved to New York and started to design magazine covers and decorate department stores.



Warhol also very quickly amassed a lot of money, which had always been his dream (a desire he never concealed from himself or anyone else). Living in affluence until his death in 1987, he spent his time drawing, painting, and working in movies and the theater. He was primarily interested in graphic art, to which he gave a new meaning: The concept of a unique work which was also a mass product (Perhaps the best example of this would be the Campbell's soup cans). Via graphic art, Warhol expressed what he had to say most about everyday life. Warhol lived for the future. He once said 'I really do live for the future, because when I eat a box of candy I can't wait to taste the last piece. I want to finish it and throw the box away, and have nothing more to do with it ever again'.

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When students in the US, Europe, and Japan were recently asked to state the most well known artists ever, they mentioned Leonardo da Vinici, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Gogh, Picasso, and Warhol.



In the town of Medzilaborce, which is located eight miles from the village of Mikora (where Warhol's parents were born), Warhol is a cult hero. The towns people refer to him as 'Andy'. It is in this town that the Warhol family has a museum. In 1987, John Warhol, his eldest brother, visited the town of Medzilaborce. Once there, he attempted to set up a museum which would exhibit the works of the Warhol family. But the idea was rejected by the then communist regime, despite a petition signed by present Czech President Vaclav Havel and others.


   In 1989, with the financial backing of the Andy Warhol Foundation and the Slovak ministry of culture, John Warhol secured the Medzilaborce House of culture as the place to exhibit Andy Warhol's paintings. The museum first opened in October 1992 and displays photographs of the Warhol family, works by Paul Warhol, and 13 Warhol screens in addition to other works by him. Periodically, Warhol's painting are brought in from around the world. The museum also displays the works of Ultra Violet, Warhol's mistress.

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Although Warhol led an extravagant life, his work best describes him. It is simple yet diverse (In one exhibit, a picture of Mickey Mouse was placed along with a picture of Lenin). Perhaps that is his genius.



  1. Nexis: Allnws:Europe:

  2. Three Works to Enrich US Artists Museum in Slovakia; CTK National News Wire, Feb 12, 1992

  3. Warhol in Warsaw; Till Closing Hour; The Warsaw Voice, July 14th 1991.




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"I am from nowhere"


by Sean Reynolds

Andy Warhol was born in 1928 under the name Andrew Warhola. Although to this day it is still unclear as to the whereabouts of his birth, he is believed to have been born in Pittsburgh, Pa. He grew up in the Czechoslovakian ghettos of McKeesport, Pa. where he spent most of his time alone, cut-off from the rest of the world. As a child, Andy underwent psychiatric treatment for nervous breakdowns he suffered at the ages of 8,9, and 10. This, however, was not the last time Andy seeked out psychiatric help.


At the young age of 18, Andy and a friend went to New York City for the first time. Throughout his early years living in New York, Andy found himself living with a large number of different roommates and although he had a strong interest in becoming close friends with these people, he continued to find himself alone, unable to communicate with his peers. However, the more he accepted his solidarity, the more he found himself surrounded by people. Eventually, Andy had his own studio along with a few people working for him where he created his own pop art statement. In 1949 Andy got his first break when he was asked by Glamour Magazine to illustrate a piece entitled "Success is a Job in New York." However, by accident, the credit read, "Drawings by Andy Warhol," and so from then on, Andy left the "a" out of his last name. By 1955, he became the most successful commercial artist in New York. His style consisted of mass-media images repeated over and over again, with variations in color, ( i.e. Cambell Soup Cans). Gradually this area of town, where Andy lived, became a popular hangout for certain celebrities - The Rolling Stones, Judy Garland, Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. Also a new band called The Velvet Underground had started rehearsing in one part of the loft and immediately caught the attention of Warhol. In the following years,  Andy's life appeared to be one long party consisting entirely of drugs and his passion for art.


In 1964 he purchased his first tape recorder, which, in a way, signaled the end of whatever emotional life he might have had left. From then on all of his problems seemed to just disappear, "Nothing was ever a problem again, because a problem just meant a good tape, and when a problem transforms itself into a good tape its not a problem anymore. An interesting problem was an interesting tape." (The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, pg. 26).

Soon after, Andy made his first recording. He videotaped the most interesting person he knew for 24 hours straight. He continued with this idea and began making many experimental films which were unlike any seen before, (Empire(1964)-videotaped the Empire State Building for two days straight). He also began working with The Velvet Underground, along with several other people, to produce "The Exploding Plastic Inevitable," which consisted of music, dance, and films. The featured act of this show was the performance of the Velvets with Andy's films projected behind them. This show furthered the careers of both Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground, and with the continual help of Andy, the Velvets went on to become one of the most influential rock bands in history.

Although Andy Warhol was shot and almost fatally wounded in 1968, he recovered and founded the magazine inter/VIEW in 1969. Until the day he died, Warhol continued to dazzle the art community and even went on to appear in the popular television show The Love Boat.



  • http:/www.imv.aau.dk/~jfogde/

  • The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again)

  • Uptight, The Velvet Underground-Gerald Malanga






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