Andy Warhol (born Andrew Warhola Jr.; August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987) was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, advertising, and celebrity culture that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings Campbell's Soup Cans (1962) and Marilyn Diptych (1962), the experimental films Empire (1964) and Chelsea Girls (1966), and the multimedia events known as the Exploding Plastic Inevitable (1966-67).
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Images: Andy Warhol, Selbstportrait (Lonesome Cowboys), 1969. Andy Warhol (left) and Tennessee Williams (right) talking on the SS France, in the background: Paul Morrissey