Perhaps one of the greatest and most infliuential minds of our times is Andy Warhol. Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928 undr the name Andy Warhola (Abdy Warhol Foundation). In 1945 Andy entered the Carnegie institure of Technology and majored in Pictorial design. Following grafuatiopn Andy went o New York to seek a carrer as a commercial artist. His early work can be found several magazines including Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker (Andy Warhol Ofundation). During the 1950's Andy's career as a commercial artist prospered and he found himself very succseful. He won awards form the the Art Director's Club and the American Institute of Graphic Arts (Abndy Warhol foundation). It was during these years that he shortended his name form Warhola to Warhola. The 1960's was filled wirth great fame for Andy and is when he did some of his most memerabloe work including Cambells Soup Can (Beef noodle) (fig. 1) and the rest of the Cambells Sopup can seris. Equally famous, the Marilyns, a seris of silk screenings of Marilyn Monroe, were pai9nting during this time. But with great fame come enemies, and in 1968 Andy was shot by Valerie Solanis, founder and sole member of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men). Andy survieved this and numerous other assinatuion attemps.
In the 1980's Andy released a new seris called POPism: The Warhol '60s. Pop art was commercial looking art that followed popular culture. Andy Warhol's pop art conjured thoughts of commercialism and conformitiy. In fact, Andy Warhol called his studio a factory, here he mass produced his silk screened work of art. In 1963 Andy said that "Paintings are too hard. The things I want to show are mechanical. Machines have less problems. I'd like to be a machine, wouldn't you?" (Warhol, 1963). Andy also claimed he was influenced by Marcel Duchamp who was known to take ordinary everyday objects and display thjem as if theyu were a valuble piece of art.