Andy Warhol

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"The guru of pop art in the early 1960's was unquestionably Andy Warhol, who took the most ordinary objects and the most popular personalities of American culture, gave them heroic scale, and turned them into art (American Art History and Culture, 574).  Andy Warhola was born in 1930 to immigrant parents from Czechoslovakia. His father, Andrei Warhola, came to the United States in order to avoid mobilization after being married to Andy's mother, Julia Zavacky Warhola, for three years. In 1921, after a separation of many years, Julia rejoined her husband in America. Andy was the youngest of their three sons. During his teenage years, Andy suffered from several nervous breakdowns. Overcoming this adversity, he graduated from Schenley High School in Pittsburgh in 1945. This same year he entered the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) where he majored in pictorial design. Upon, graduation Warhol moved to New York where he found steady work as a commercial artist. He worked as an illustrator for several magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, and The New Yorker and did advertising and window displays for retail stores such as Bonwit Teller and I. Mil

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