Andy Warhol, illustrator, filmmaker and a leader of the pop art movement, was born on Aug. 6, 1928, as Andrew Warhola. (He later dropped the final a). Though originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Warhol moved to New York City in 1949 after finishing his degree at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now, Carnegie Mellon University.
With 2018 marking what would have been Warhol’s 90th birthday, the Whitney Museum of Art is celebrating with a four-month exhibition dedicated to the artist, kicking off this November. Tickets for “Andy Warhol-From A to B and Back Again,” $25 each, are now on sale.
In his 1975 book, “The Philosophy of Andy Warhol,” the artist discussed his initial encounter with NYC.
“When I was eighteen a friend stuffed me into a Kroger’s shopping bag and took me to New York. I still wanted to be close to people. I kept living with roommates thinking we could become good friends and share problems, but I’d always find out that they were just interested in another person sharing the rent. At one point, I lived with 17 different people in a basement apartment on 103rd Street and Manhattan Avenue, and not one person out of the 17 ever shared a real problem with me,” Warhol wrote.
From the Chelsea Hotel to his Factories, Serendipity 3 and Max’s Kansas City, he made New York City his home. Here are some of the places where Warhol made his mark, before he died on Feb. 22, 1987.