Pittsburg is the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, and also the place of the largest collection of his artworks and archival materials – The Warhol Museum. This museum is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world and the largest in North America. It is the proud, global keeper of Andy Warhol’s Legacy. Taking a visit is the perfect way to experience this art legend’s multi-genre works.
The Warhol Mission
The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh, and a collaborative project between the Andy Warhol Foundation, Carnegie Institute, and the Dia Art Foundation. The plans for the museum were announced in 1989 (merely two years after his death), and it finally opened its doors in 1994. The beautiful architecture features seven floors of gallery and exhibition space as well as an underground level that houses the factory education studio and conservation lab.
Paintings, drawings, commercial illustrations, sculptures, prints, photographs, wallpapers, sketchbooks, and books cover the entire range of Warhol’s career, from his early student work to pop art paintings and collaborations. The Warhol holds the largest collection of Andy Warhol’s artworks and archival materials. So, this is the go-to place to see how Andy utilized all of these mediums to create his masterpieces.
Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in 1928. He grew up in a 2-room apartment in Pittsburgh, PA, and was the youngest of 3 boys. As a child, Andy suffered from Sydenham Chorea, a neurological disorder known commonly as St. Vitus’ dance – characterized by the involuntary movements. He was gifted his first camera by his parents at only eight years old. When it comes to education, Andy took free art classes at Carnegie Institute before he even attended high school. He later attended Carnegie Institute of Technology for college.
It was immediately following college that Andy dropped the final ‘a’ in his last name. Thus, the Andy Warhol that we know today was born. He moved to New York to pursue a career as a commercial artist.
Throughout the early stages of his career, Andy used photography, drawings, and paintings to bring controversial subjects to light. In the latter of his career (specifically late 80’s era), he experimented with abstraction and more ink-blot works. But, nine months before his death, he created a series of iconic monumental self-portraits featuring a “gaunt face, fixed gaze, and a spiky wig”. Some of these canvases spread more than nine feet wide, and are now known as some of the most iconic works of his career.
Warhol died at New York Hospital in 1987 due to complications following a gall bladder removal. He is buried next to his mother and father at St. John Catholic Cemetary in a suburb south of Pittsburgh.
The museum is typically open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 A.M. to 5 P.M. On Friday nights, it stays open until 10 P.M. Aside from amazing art, the musuem also includes a Warhol Café and Store. So, be sure to bring extra money to purchase books, posters, accessories, and a bite to eat.
The Warhol is located at 117 Sandusky Street. Admission is $20, but be on the lookout for discounts for students, children, and seniors. Accessibility information is available on their website, as well as much more information on Warhol and his artwork.
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