Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1928. In 1945 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. Miller. Prophetically, his first assignment was for Glamour magazine for an article titled "Success is a Job in New York."

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Andy Warhol 'Empire' 1964

Black and white, silent, 8 hours 5 minutes at 16 framers per second

Andy Warhol made one of his most famous and controversial films, Empire, on July 25-26, 1964.  Aiming his camera out of a window of the Time-Life Building, he recorded the Empire State Building for six hours, from the twilight of 8:00 p.m., through the darkness, and  until 2:30 a.m. Ignoring Hollywood film conventions, Warhol made a film that contained only one image and extended, rather than condensed, real time.  Not only did he use, unedited, all of the footage he shot, but, when the new work premiered the following March, he projected the film in slow motion, bringing the final running time to slightly over eight hours and creating a truly epic portrait of this iconic landmark. The multiple silk screened “Statue of Liberty”(1963) paintings prefigure the slowly mutating impressions of the Empire State Building in this film made a year later.  The Andy Warhol Museum


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Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc

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