ANDY WARHOL 1928-1987
American pop artist, filmmaker, and cultural icon. Best known for his Campbell’s Soup Cans and Marilyn Monroe paintings, he also produced a number of experimental films, founded Interview Magazine, managed The Velvet Underground, and even had a short stint on television. His studio, The Factory, was a gathering place for New York’s artists, celebrities, and misfits, many of whom were queer. He treated the mundane as fine art and art as a business, which challenged the serious posturing of art in the 1950s, while his use of camp and overtly gay themes challenged its masculinity. Not only was he open about his sexuality at a time when his colleagues were closeted, but his effeminate self-presentation made it impossible to ignore.