August 6, 2017
Mahonri M. Young (1877-1957), New York Skyscrapers, no date, ink, 9 x 12 inches. Brigham Young University Museum of Art, purchase/gift of the Mahonri M. Young Estate, 1959.
Pop art icon Andy Warhol was born on this day in 1928. Warhol was an artist, director, and producer who loved exploring the boundaries and the overlap between art, advertising, and celebrities. He attracted a wide range of personalities to his New York studio, including bohemians, celebrities, intellectuals, patrons, drag queens, and writers, and is credited for coining the expression “15 minutes of fame.” Popular, yet controversial from the beginning, Warhol’s most famous and lasting works have been his Marilyn Diptych of 1962, and Campbell’s Soup Cans also of 1962. Today these works, as well as other Warhol creations, are both famous and inordinately expensive – a reflection of Warhol’s advantageous strategy of capitalizing on a market and celebrity-obsessed society.
Today’s Artwork of the Day, an ink sketch by Mahonri Young, shows the skyscrapers of New York, where Warhol lived and created for most of his life.