When President Kennedy was shot that fall, I heard the news over the radio while I was alone painting in my studio. I don’t think I missed a stroke. I wanted to know what was going on out there, but that was the extent of my reaction. I’d been thrilled about having Kennedy as president; he was handsome, young, smart — but it didn’t bother me that much that he was dead. What bothered me was the way television and radio were programming everybody to feel so sad. It seemed like no matter how hard you tried, you couldn’t get away from the thing.

Andy Warhol

In the News

Warhol's Flash Series features Teletypes ("news flashes") from the day of the Kennedy Assassination and images that explore how the event was covered by the media. Endlessly enthralled by celebrity, consumerism and advertising, Warhol depicts this event through the critical lens of news as commodity; even our most harrowing tragedies become banal and innocuous when made a headline and we, in turn, are made consumers of a narrative shaped by mass media.  Warhol explored many of these visual motifs before and after the Flash series; he was obsessed with visual icons of American media and culture such as gunsviolence, the discord of celebrity and the language and seduction of advertising

Andy Warhol 1928–1987

Born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to an impoverished immigrant family, Andy Warhol became an icon of the Pop Art movement and one of the most prolific artists of his time. Though he suffered from physical ailments throughout childhood, he went on to study fine arts at the Carnegie Institute of Technology and shortly thereafter moved to New York in 1949. His career in commercial illustration took off creating whimsical designs for Glamour, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar and The New Yorker magazines. In the early 1950s, he began exhibiting his work in the city and received his first solo show at the Hugo Gallery in 1952 featuring his earliest depictions of actress Marilyn Monroe.

The 1960s ushered in a wave of his iconic work pioneering the dialogue between high and low art. His screen printed, painterly images established his reputation commenting on popular culture with subject matter including celebrities, politics, advertisements, and parties. In 1964, Warhol rented a studio that became known as “The Factory” where his work was mass produced by a team of assistants. During the middle of the decade, Warhol focused on filmmaking and performance art, creating approximately 600 films. He later collaborated with musicians including The Rolling Stones and The Velvet Underground, published several books, produced televisions shows, and founded Interview Magazine in 1967. After experiencing a near-fatal shooting at The Factory, he became more reserved and his body of work shifted into commissioned portraits, and in his final years he focused on religious subject matter. Andy Warhol died in New York City in 1987 after facing postoperative complications.

A few years following his death, The Andy Warhol Museum was opened in Pittsburgh and in 2002 Warhol’s achievements were honored with an 18-inch stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.

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ANDY WARHOL, Campbell's Soup II Portfolio (F. & S. II.54-63) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Campbell's Soup II Portfolio (F. & S. II.54-63)

estimate: $100,000–150,000
result: $168,000
ANDY WARHOL, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $131,000
ANDY WARHOL, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $118,750
ANDY WARHOL, Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Marilyn Monroe (Marilyn)

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $106,250
ANDY WARHOL, Beethoven | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Beethoven

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $87,500
ANDY WARHOL, Shoes | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Shoes

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $81,250
ANDY WARHOL, Total $11.95 | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Total $11.95

estimate: $40,000–60,000
result: $81,250
ANDY WARHOL, Mao | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Mao

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $69,600
ANDY WARHOL, Beatle Boots (Negative) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Beatle Boots (Negative)

estimate: $70,000–90,000
result: $68,750
ANDY WARHOL, Muhammed Ali | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Muhammed Ali

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $61,200
ANDY WARHOL, Alexander The Great | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Alexander The Great

estimate: $50,000–70,000
result: $57,500
ANDY WARHOL, Joseph Beuys | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Joseph Beuys

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $54,000
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $52,500
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $51,250
ANDY WARHOL, Liz | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Liz

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $50,000
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $48,750
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $47,500
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $45,000
ANDY WARHOL, Muhammad Ali | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Muhammad Ali

estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $45,000
ANDY WARHOL, Mick Jagger | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Mick Jagger

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $43,750
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $41,250
ANDY WARHOL, Flowers | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

Flowers

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $40,000
ANDY WARHOL, $ 1 (Dollar Sign) | wright20.com

Andy Warhol

$ 1 (Dollar Sign)

estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $39,200