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Who do I toast today on tattoo Tuesday?

August 6, 2013

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Andy Warhol was a leader in the pop-art movement that reached prominence in the mid-20th century.  He was born on August 6, 1928 in Pittsburgh.  While best known for his prints and paintings (among the most expensive ever sold) that celebrate advertising and pop cultural icons, Warhol was trained at Carnegie Mellon University and his body of work includes hand drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture, film, and music. An extensive collection can be found at the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

He pushed the boundaries socially, culturally and artistically.  I think he both a leader and a product of social change in post-war America.

Warhol is buried in Pittsburgh at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery.  A statue (below) in his honor is in Bratislava, Slovakia.  His parents had emigrated from Slovakia in 1914.

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4 comments

  1. It’s also a good friend birthday I passed this on to her. Tanx


    • Happy Birthday to all August 6ers!


  2. I’ve seen most of the Warhol icons including the exhibit at the Hirshhorn I didn’t realize that he was a Slovokian too.


    • Apparently, given the statue in his honor. Interesting.



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