He had more than 15 minutes

The largest museum in the United States dedicated to one artist—seven floors in Pittsburgh—houses a large collection of artwork by famed pop artist Andy Warhol. The museum, located in an 88,000-square-foot building downtown contains 900 paintings, 77 sculptures, nearly 2,000 works on paper, over 4,000 photographs, more than 1,000 prints and over 4,350 Warhol films and videotaped works.  The collection includes such iconic pieces as his silkscreen paintings of Campbell’s Soup Cans and his Marilyn Monroe Diptych.

Born Andy Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) the son of Andrew and Julia Warhola and raised in the Pittsburgh area, Warhol began his career as a commercial illustrator but developed into one of the most influential artists of his day.  The Factory, his New York studio, attracted the rich, famous, and celebrities of the era.  Warhol became famous for his art but also for those he knew and, in fact, for his own fame.  He was a Kardashian before there were Kardashians!

He also popularized the expression “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” which has become part of the American vernacular. The saying first appeared on a 1968 exhibition program of his work at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, Sweden.

Warhol, 58, died in February 1987 after complications from gallbladder surgery.  He was buried in Bethel Park, a south side suburb of Pittsburgh, in the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Cemetery close to his parents’ graves.  His gravestone is a plain and drab dark gray granite slant-face marker—not the colorful, iconic imagery one might expect to mark his grave.  His grave, however, was littered with rosaries, mementos from fans, and Campbell Soup cans as a nod to one of his most famous images produced in The Factory.

As recognition of his lasting fame, cameras have been placed on a pole facing his grave and live stream people coming and going to pay tribute to Warhol at his grave site.  His 15 minutes have long outlasted him.

The link to the Warhol erathcam livestream:

https://www.earthcam.com/usa/pennsylvania/pittsburgh/warhol/?cam=warhol_figmentstream

 

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