Warhol was a sickly child who was sometimes confined to bed, but as he lay drawing and listening to the radio, he became fascinated with celebrity. Decades later he would go on to create his own 'superstars', in the models and actors who starred in his films and socialised at his infamous New York studio, the Factory. It was, in fact, a member of the Factory scene – feminist writer Valerie Solanas – who shot and nearly killed killed Warhol in 1968. The event would have a profound impact on his life and work.
Despite the huge amount of fame and attention Warhol received, he was described as a shy outsider, someone who observed rather than participated in the chaotic world of drugs and celebrity that orbited him and his studio. But crucially, he was a formidable and versatile talent, who turned a successful career in advertising into an epoch-defining body of work, producing images that would become as recognisable as the celebrities they portrayed. More than any other artist, Warhol reimagined art for the commercial age.
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|What||Andy Warhol exhibition, Tate Modern|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
12 Mar 20 – 06 Sep 20, Sunday to Thursday 10.00–18.00 Friday to Saturday 10.00–22.00
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