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Archive for Sunday, July 14, 2002

Warhol portrait to grace new stamp

July 14, 2002

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The term pop art and Andy Warhol are synonymous.

Warhol's artistic endeavors covered more than his images of Marilyn Monroe and Elvis Presley and everyday objects including Campbell's soup cans. His career ran the gamut of design, photography, film, television writing and publicity.

As a tribute to the many-faceted Warhol, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a new 37-cent stamp Aug. 9, featuring Warhol's self-portrait of 1964. Based on a photo-booth photograph, the image is one of several in varying colors. The original work is now in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.

The son of immigrants, the artist was born Andrew Warhola in Pittsburgh on Aug. 26, 1928. He graduated from the Carnegie Institute of Technology (now the Carnegie Mellon University) in 1949 with a fine arts degree. Warhol moved to New York City and made a name for himself in the advertising world with his whimsical illustrations.

Warhol's painting achieved fame in 1962 with his solo exhibit of the now famous Campbell's soup can paintings. In the same year he exhibited his Coca-Cola bottle images plus the well-known portraits of Monroe and Presley.

Warhol died Feb. 22, 1987, in New York, but his influence continues.

The new stamp will be available Aug. 9 in Pittsburgh and at post offices across the country the following day.

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