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Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh was disappointment

Self-portrait, 1943 (at age 15); Warhol's parents were emigrants from what is today NE Slovakia and settled in Pittsburgh where his father worked in the coal mines

Self-portrait, 1943 (at age 15); Warhol's parents were emigrants from what is today NE Slovakia and settled in Pittsburgh where his father worked in the coal mines

After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon, Warhol moved to NYC where his first commission was to draw shoes for Glamour magazine; his use of tracing paper and ink allowed him to repeat the basic image and create endless variations on the theme

After graduating from Carnegie-Mellon, Warhol moved to NYC where his first commission was to draw shoes for Glamour magazine; his use of tracing paper and ink allowed him to repeat the basic image and create endless variations on the theme

The Warhola (Andy changed his name later) family in front of their Pittsburgh home, 1946, with Andy in the center; Andy was the youngest child with his father dying when Andy was in high school

The Warhola (Andy changed his name later) family in front of their Pittsburgh home, 1946, with Andy in the center; Andy was the youngest child with his father dying when Andy was in high school

In the 1950s, Warhol created display windows for the Bonwit Teller department store; this was in an era where established artists, like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, also worked for Bonwit Teller

In the 1950s, Warhol created display windows for the Bonwit Teller department store; this was in an era where established artists, like Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, also worked for Bonwit Teller

Warhol's high school graduation photo doesn't hint at the wild times ahead; the museum showed several of the films Warhol created and I couldn't figure them out

Warhol's high school graduation photo doesn't hint at the wild times ahead; the museum showed several of the films Warhol created and I couldn't figure them out

Telephone, 1962; Warhol loved to talk on the phone and chose an antique phone for this work because he felt it was more iconic than the square rotary dial models of the 1960s

Telephone, 1962; Warhol loved to talk on the phone and chose an antique phone for this work because he felt it was more iconic than the square rotary dial models of the 1960s

Elvis 11 times, 1963; Warhol created these paintings using a publicity still for the 1960 film Flaming Star; the painting uses overlapping and blurred images to suggest the repetition of a film's frames

Elvis 11 times, 1963; Warhol created these paintings using a publicity still for the 1960 film Flaming Star; the painting uses overlapping and blurred images to suggest the repetition of a film's frames

Marlon, 1966; in June 1968, a radical feminist that Warhol knew shot him 3 times and he barely survived; Warhol suffered physical effects for the rest of his life, including being required to wear a surgical corset

Marlon, 1966; in June 1968, a radical feminist that Warhol knew shot him 3 times and he barely survived; Warhol suffered physical effects for the rest of his life, including being required to wear a surgical corset

Campbell's Soup II, 1969; Warhol watched lots of television and was fascinated by the mass marketing of products to consumers seemingly ready to buy anything

Campbell's Soup II, 1969; Warhol watched lots of television and was fascinated by the mass marketing of products to consumers seemingly ready to buy anything

Vitas Gerulaitis, 1977; the tennis player frequently visited Studio 54 (as did Warhol) where he was known as the ultimate playboy; Vitas died in 1994 from carbon monoxide poisoning

Vitas Gerulaitis, 1977; the tennis player frequently visited Studio 54 (as did Warhol) where he was known as the ultimate playboy; Vitas died in 1994 from carbon monoxide poisoning

Judy Garland, 1979; these portraits were commissioned by Liza Minnelli who was a close friend of Warhol's; Garland's memorial service was one of the only funerals Warhol ever attended

Judy Garland, 1979; these portraits were commissioned by Liza Minnelli who was a close friend of Warhol's; Garland's memorial service was one of the only funerals Warhol ever attended

In 1980, Warhol briefly met Pope John Paul II; wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall to hear the discussion between the Pope and a gay man with a reputation for drugs and partying

In 1980, Warhol briefly met Pope John Paul II; wouldn't you like to be a fly on the wall to hear the discussion between the Pope and a gay man with a reputation for drugs and partying

Warhol received so many invitations that he maintained this book to keep track of his social calendar (this is only evening events for 1982!);  the Warhol Museum is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist

Warhol received so many invitations that he maintained this book to keep track of his social calendar (this is only evening events for 1982!); the Warhol Museum is the largest museum in North America dedicated to a single artist

Aretha Franklin, 1986; Warhol's signature unruly, gray hair was actually a wig; he began wearing a wig in the mid-1950s with the colors changing over time

Aretha Franklin, 1986; Warhol's signature unruly, gray hair was actually a wig; he began wearing a wig in the mid-1950s with the colors changing over time

Warhol was only 58 when he died following complications from gall bladder surgery; his will dictated that all proceeds from his death go to a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts (hence the museum)

Warhol was only 58 when he died following complications from gall bladder surgery; his will dictated that all proceeds from his death go to a foundation dedicated to the advancement of the visual arts (hence the museum)

The entire building is dedicated to everything Andy Warhol; much of the museum is focused on his early years with special exhibits on the women who influenced his art

The entire building is dedicated to everything Andy Warhol; much of the museum is focused on his early years with special exhibits on the women who influenced his art

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