Pop Art made commentaryon contemporary society andculture, particularlyconsumerism, by usingpopular images and iconsand incorporating and re-defining them in the artworld. Often subjects werederived from advertising andproductpackaging, celebrities, andcomic strips. The images arepresented with a combinationof humor, criticism and irony.
Andrew Warhola (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987), known as AndyWarhol, was an American painter, printmaker, and filmmaker who was aleading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. After a successfulcareer as a commercial illustrator, Warhol became famous worldwide for hiswork as a painter, avant-garde filmmaker, record producer, author, andmember of highly diverse social circles that included Bohemian streetpeople, distinguished intellectuals, Hollywood celebrities and wealthypatrons.Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospectiveexhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. He coined the widelyused expression "15 minutes of fame." In his hometown ofPittsburgh, Pennsylvania, The Andy Warhol Museum exists in memory of hislife and artwork.The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$100 million for a 1963canvas titled Eight Elvises. The private transaction was reported in a 2009article in The Economist, which described Warhol as the "bellwether of the artmarket." $100 million is a benchmark price that only Jackson Pollock, PabloPicasso, Vincent van Gogh, Pierre-August Renoir, Gustav Klimt and Willem de