Andy Warhol Aug 1928 – Feb 1987

Who heard the phrase “15 minutes of fame” ? Sir Andy Warhol coined this famous phrase, which refers to the fleeting condition of celebrity that attaches to an object of media attention, then passes to some new object as soon as the public’s attention span is exhausted.

Andy Warhol
Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Warhol’s father worked in a coal mine. The family lived at 55 Beelen Street and later at 3252 Dawson Street in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh. The family was Byzantine Catholic and attended St. John Chrysostom Byzantine Catholic Church. Andy Warhol has two older brothers John and Paul.

In third grade Andy Warhol suffered from Chorea sancti viti or St. Vitus’ dance that cause involuntary movements. That makes him an outcast in his school mates and he is bed-ridden most of the time.

In Music where I often heard his name, particularly in a David Bowie. Bowie recorded a song called “Andy Warhol” for his 1971 album Hunky Dory.

Warhol designed many album covers for various artists starting with the photographic cover of John Wallowitch’s debut album. Warhol designed the cover art for The Rolling Stones albums Sticky Fingers (1971) and Love You Live (1977). In 1975, Warhol was commissioned to do several portraits of the band’s frontman Mick Jagger while in 1982, he designed the album cover for the Diana Ross album Silk Electric.

David Bowie
David Bowie

Warhol died in New York City at 6:32 a.m. on February 22, 1987. According to news reports, he had been making good recovery from a routine gallbladder surgery at New York Hospital before dying in his sleep from a sudden heart attack. Prior to his diagnosis and operation, Warhol delayed having his recurring gallbladder problems checked, as he was afraid to enter hospitals and see doctors.

The Artists Rights Society is the U.S. copyright representative for the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts for all Warhol works with the exception of Warhol film stills. The U.S. copyright representative for Warhol film stills is the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. Additionally, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has agreements in place for their image archive. All digital images of Warhol are exclusively managed by Corbis, while all transparency images of Warhol are managed by Art Resource.

To all the living fans of Andy Warhol! Let’s pray for his soul.

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