27 Facts About Andy Warhol

1. Andy Warhol is one of main characters of the 2012 British television show Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy.

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2. Andy Warhol appeared as himself in the film Cocaine Cowboys and in the film Tootsie (1982).

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3. In 1987, in accordance with Andy Warhol's will, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts began.

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4. Andy Warhol was laid out holding a small prayer book and a red rose.

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5. Andy Warhol owned more than 40 and felt very protective of his hairpieces, which were sewn by a New York wig-maker from hair imported from Italy.

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6. Andy Warhol regularly volunteered at homeless shelters in New York City, particularly during the busier times of the year, and described himself as a religious person.

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7. Andy Warhol took considerable pride in financing his nephew's studies for the priesthood".

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8. Andy Warhol founded the gossip magazine Interview, a stage for celebrities he "endorsed" and a business staffed by his friends.

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9. Andy Warhol created the fashion magazine Interview that is still published today.

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10. Andy Warhol always wore those silver wigs, but he never admitted it were wigs.

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11. Andy Warhol recorded it with the Velvet Underground, and this version was released on the VU album in 1985.

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12. Andy Warhol was a fan of filmmaker Radley Metzger film work and commented that Metzger's film, The Lickerish Quartet, was "an outrageously kinky masterpiece".

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13. Andy Warhol attended the 1962 premiere of the static composition by LaMonte Young called Trio for Strings and subsequently created his famous series of static films including Kiss, Eat, and Sleep.

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14. Andy Warhol worked across a wide range of media—painting, photography, drawing, and sculpture.

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15. Andy Warhol made 22 versions of the Double Elvis, nine of which are held in museums.

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16. Andy Warhol exceeded the demands of the commission and produced nearly 100 variations on the theme, mostly silkscreens and paintings, and among them a collaborative sculpture with Basquiat, the Ten Punching Bags.

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17. Andy Warhol would come to the Factory to urinate on canvases that had already been primed with copper-based paint by Andy or Ronnie Cutrone, a second ghost pisser much appreciated by Andy, who said that the vitamin B that Ronnie took made a prettier color when the acid in the urine turned the copper green.

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18. Andy Warhol loved celebrities, so he painted them as well.

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19. On November 23, 1961, Andy Warhol wrote Latow a check for $50 which, according to the 2009 Warhol biography, Pop, The Genius of Warhol, was payment for coming up with the idea of the soup cans as subject matter.

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20. Marilyn Monroe was a pop art painting that Andy Warhol had done and it was very popular.

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21. In 1984, Andy Warhol immortalized the singer Prince by creating one of his final portraits, Orange Prince, a commission from Vanity Fair to accompany an article to celebrate the success of Prince's album and movie entitled Purple Rain.

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22. Andy Warhol was generally regarded as quiet, shy, and a meticulous observer.

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23. Andy Warhol had this to say about the attack: "Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there—I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life.

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24. Andy Warhol earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in pictorial design in 1949.

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25. Andy Warhol was born on August 6, 1928, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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26. Andy Warhol lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement.

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27. Andy Warhol was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.

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