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Andy Warhol, American Pop Icon, Cultural Icon, Painter, Photographer And Leader Of The Pop Art Movement, Credited With Coining The Phrase "15 Minutes Of Fame", As Seen In Melvyn Bragg's South Bank Show Documentary Of 5 Times 15 Minutes Of Fame And Glory, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An MP4 Video Download Or Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD! (Color, October 25, 1987, 1 Hour 15 Minutes.)
Andy Warhol, American painter and photographer, leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art, whose works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture (August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987) was born Andrew Warhola Jr. in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to working-class immigrants of Lemko ethnicity (from the ethnographic region in the Carpathian Mountains and foothills spanning Ukraine, Slovakia and Poland) from Mikó, Austria-Hungary (now called Miková, located in today's northeastern Slovakia). Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental film Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966-67). His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with coining the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame." In the late 1960s, he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded Interview magazine. He authored numerous books, including The Philosophy Of Andy Warhol And Popism: The Warhol Sixties. He is also notable as a gay man who lived openly as such before the gay liberation movement. After a gallbladder surgery in 1987, Andy Warhol died in his sleep at 6:32 a.m. of cardiac arrhythmia at the age of 58 in Manhattan, New York City.