To many, the name Andy Warhol is synonymous with the popular 1960s Pop Art movement! And indeed, he was one of the most influential artists of his time. His artwork, as well as he himself, has stood the test of time to become quite iconic! He even coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame" with his quote, "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes."
The Andy Warhol Museum is a museum dedicated to this man and his works from the start of his career to the end, from his silk-screens and paintings to his videos, magazine, 3-D art, and oxidized metal art. They have so much of his art, they cannot display it all at once, so exhibits change quite often. On the top floor, they often have special exhibits of works by other artists.
Entrance is $15 for adults and $8 for students.
As a child of the 60's I had to visit the Andy Warhol Museum while in Pittsburgh. Avant garde artist and 60's icon, Andy Warhol was born and raised in Pittsburgh and the city embraces and celebrates his art and his life. The musuem is housed in a beautiful old highrise and has five floors of displays of Andy's art. As with a lot of museums photography was prohibited so I have no photos of any of the displays. If you are staying in the city center, you can walk across the Andy Warhol Bridge to cross the Allegheny River where you will find the museum just one block past the bridge.
I have never seen The Andy Warhol Museum, but it seems to be a place of interest to out of town visitors.
The Andy Warhol Museum contains 4,000 works of art in different medias by the artist. The collection includes, films, photographs, paintings, drawings, sculptures and much more. It is one of four Carnegie museums in the city of Pittsburgh.
Hours are Sat.-Sun 10 am-5 pm; Tues.-Thurs.10 am-5 pm; Fri. 10 am-10 pm. **Note: 5 pm-10 pm on Fridays the admission is half price. The museum is usually closed on Mondays, with the exception on Dec. 26 when it is open 10 am-5 pm.
Admission price is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors; $6 for students/children 3-18. Parking is available one block North of museum on Sandusky Street for $6 and behind the museum at the General Robinson Street parking garage, prices vary but the average cost is $6.
Andy Warhol said that in the future, everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. In my opinion, his success was due at least as much to his shrewd self-promotion as to his artistic talent. He blurred the distinction between the "high-brow" art world and the world of pop culture. Wahol stood with one foot in the first world and the other in the second. He nearly obliterated the barriers between the artist and observer.
This museum gives a lot of insight into the man, his life, and his ideas. If you want to understand modern art, then it's worth a visit. If you would rather stick to the old "classic" artists, then give it a pass.
While housed in a non-descript building, the museum has a lot to see, and is full of Warhol's quirkiness and playfulness.
Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 — February 22, 1987) was an American artist who became a central figure in the movement known as pop art. After a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for his work as a painter; an avant-garde filmmaker, a record producer, an author and a public figure known for his presence in wildly diverse social circles that included bohemian street people, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthy aristocrats.
A controversial figure during his lifetime (his work was often derided by critics as a hoax or "put-on"), Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books and documentary films since his death in 1987. He is generally acknowledged as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century.
The museum itself is the largest American art museum dedicated to a single artist, holding more than 12,000 works by the artist himself.
I have been on a serious Andy Warhol kick lately, and this just really fed my craving. The museum is right in the middle of downtown Pittsburgh. Great location, not far from PNC Park where the Pirates play baseball.
Entrance fee is $10 and there are 7 floors. They recommend you start at the top and work your way downstairs. ABSOLUTELY NO PHOTOS on the 6th and 7th floors; flash photography IS allowed on floors 1-5.
Word to the wise if bringing children (why anyone would to Andy Warhol, I'm not sure)---the 7th floor contains a few nudity and pornographic items. Real nice thing to look at while I'm walking through with my mom...
The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums located in Pittsburgh and is a collaborative project of the Carnegie Institute, Dia Center for the Arts, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. It opened in 1994 and features and extensive, permanent collection of art and archives about one of the most influential American artists of the twentieth century. It is also a primary resource for anyone seeking insights into contemporary art and popular culture. Most of us remember his Studio 54 days, some of us better than others.
Admission is as follows:
Adults -- $10
Senior citizens (55+) -- $7
Students with valid ID -- $6
Children (children 3 - 18) -- $6
Members of the Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh - Free
Fridays -- 5:00pm - 10:00pm Half-Price as part of the special Good Fridays program.
Group rates are available.
Hours of operation are:
Sunday -- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Monday -- Closed
Tuesday -- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Wednesday -- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Thursday -- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Friday -- 10:00am - 10:00pm
Saturday -- 10:00am - 5:00pm
Parking is an extra $6.00.
I'm not a big fan of Andy Warhol's work by any means but I do recommend a couple of hours here. I think you would really enjoy it.
While talking to Julia about Andys work she made a statement that I thought I should share. Some of his works as you can see from my photos are reproduced in different ways and put side by side. She reckons by people taking photos of his work and copying and the sort it keeps his work changing and always modern and alive. Makes sense to me.
Yes. Andy Warhol was from Pittsburgh and his museum is located right across the river from downtown. Hey...it's Andy Warhol. Do I need to say anything else?? Okay. I will say a few things. The collection is mostly what you would expect to see from Warhol, and a few surprises as well.
Warhol always kept an open box in his house. He would simply throw scrapes from his daily live into the boxes, then seal them.
Things like matchbooks and newspaper articles were in the one that I peaked into.
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