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A Brief Biography of Andy Warhol, by Courtney Leddell, MD

October 5, 2012

One of the 20th century’s most important artists, Andy Warhol was born in 1928. Raised in Pennsylvania, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 to begin his career as a commercial artist. During the 1950s, he earned awards for the whimsical drawings he did for Glamour magazine.

Throughout the decade, Warhol moved onto painting. In 1961, he changed the landscape by introducing pop art, which featured recreations of pop culture and Americana, such as through representations of Campbell’s soup cans, Coca-Cola bottles, and celebrities. Receiving instant acclaim, Warhol opened The Factory, and this former warehouse became one of New York City’s most famous landmarks for artists and socialites.

Over time, Andy Warhol expanded into other platforms such as film, books, sculpture, photography, and television. He died on February 23, 1987, due to a heart attack following gallbladder surgery.

About the Author:

An entrepreneur who founded Golden Horseshoe Security Enterprise and Glockner Group LLC, Courtney Leddell, MD, also is a Board Certified Anesthesiologist and currently acts as Vice President at Consulting Anesthesiology. During his spare time, Dr. Leddell enjoys looking at the art of Andy Warhol.


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