Back in 1960, when the Pop Art king predicted that everyone would have their 15 minutes of fame, he was mistaken in one regard--the duration and influence of his own celebrity persona, which has carried on long after his death. Indeed, Andy Warhol, who would have turned 75 last month, is one of the 20th-century's most influential artists, having earned a cult-like status over the last four decades for his Pop Art aesthetic. Taking images from popular culture--Campbell's Soup cans, comic book heroes, advertisements and portraits of celebrities and politicians--Warhol transformed these everyday objects and images into some of the most recognizable icons of the past century.
"Andy Warhol changed the way we see the world around us," said Marc Glimcher of Las Vegas' Bellagio Gallery of Fine Art, which is currently hosting the exhibit, "Andy Warhol: The Celebrity Portraits,"through Sept. 7. "From his visual style of brilliant colors and repeated images to his fascination with the public's love of celebrity, Warhol defined the spirit of our times."
Warhol on View
The Warhol exhibit at the Bellagio is but one of a few museum shows currently on view that celebrate the Pop master. Also in Las Vegas, at the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum through Nov. 2, is "American Pop Icons," an exhibit that features 28 works by eight Pop art masters--Warhol, Jim Dine, Jasper …