b. 1928, Pennsylvania, United States
Obsessed with consumer culture and mechanical (re)production, legendary pop artist Andy Warhol has created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as he is for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes.” Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, which led to the creation of some of his most famous works like his 32 Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962), Brillo Pad Box sculptures, and the infamous Marilyn Diptych, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of colour. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice and has since been taken up by major contemporary artists like Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.