Andy Warhol (1928–1987) was born Andrew Warhola, Jr. in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania. He originally planned to become a teacher, but wound up at Carnegie Mellon instead, where he studied design. In 1949, he moved to New York, establishing himself as a commercial designer known particularly for his shoe illustrations for I. Miller.
Everyone has to start somewhere, even Andy Warhol, though it’s hard to imagine that today; he produced some of the most famous artworks of the 20th century after all. Nevertheless there was a time when he was an unknown, freshly arrived from out of town, and looking to make his mark. Recently MoMA opened an exhibition that looks back at Warhol’s early years, particularly a solo show in Los Angeles that established him as a star. The story of how he got there is a fascinating one.
“Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967” is at the Museum of Modern Art through Oct 12.