How Andy Warhol Changed The World

Warhol’s Elvis. His Mao. His Marilyn Monroe – and how we see now.

A portrait of Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol from Elizabeth Taylor collection is shown in Moscow's GUM department store. (AP)

A portrait of Elizabeth Taylor by Andy Warhol from Elizabeth Taylor collection is shown in Moscow’s GUM department store. (AP)

Andy Warhol made icons of icons.  With his silk screen and more, the inscrutable artist of the everyday and the celebrity went after Campbell’s Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe, Coke bottles and Jackie Kennedy, a Brillo pad box and Elvis.

And Mao.  Liz Taylor.  Marlon Brando.  An electric chair.  A car crash.  And then himself, as pop icon.  Affectless face.  Big blond hair.  All surface.  Andy Warhol changed our sense of art, and maybe how we all see the world.

This hour, On Point:  the powerful legacy of pop icon, artist, Andy Warhol.

-Tom Ashbrook


Peter Schjeldahl, art critic and staff writer at the New Yorker, he reviewed the new Warhol exhibit for the magazine.

Marla Prather, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Her newest exhibit at the Met, curated with Mark Rosenthal is: Regarding Warhol, Sixty Artists, Fifty Years.

From Tom’s Reading List

The New Yorker “The show, assembled by the curators Mark Rosenthal and Marla Prather, combines forty-five works by Warhol with more than one hundred by sixty other artists, including Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Cindy Sherman, and Jeff Koons. The show invites comparisons between Warhol and the artists he inspired and provoked. Born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh, in 1928, Warhol was a “clairvoyant” artist; he sensed and eventually embodied the populist revolution of the 1960s by adapting the formal syntax of Abstract Expressionism and as chassis for vernacular imagery, and then, definitively, with his silkscreens. ”

L.A. Times “Christie’s will sell a trove of art by Andy Warhol over the coming five years or more, with the proceeds going to significantly boost the grant-making power of the works’ present owner – the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.”

The Daily Beast “A Warhol has the inherent peculiarity of a rock that happens to look like a toad; it never has the contrived oddity of a melting clock. If an umbrella and a sewing machine really were to come together on an operating table, without anyone there to arrange the meeting, you’d be faced with something truly Warholian.”


Check out this gallery of photos from the exhibit “Regarding Warhol: Sixty Artists, Fifty Years” at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.


Here is Andy Warhol painting singer Debbie Harry in 1985 on an early personal computer.

Here’s a video of Andy Warhol eating a hamburger.


“Andy Warhol” by David Bowie

“Movement 8 & 9” (from the film Kiss) by John Cale

“Hello It’s Me” by Lou Reed and John Cale

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