Located in the North Shore district of The Steel City, the Andy Warhol Museum holds an extensive collection and archive of works by the Pittsburgh-born pop art icon. Spanning seven floors and seventeen galleries in a former industrial warehouse, it is one of the city’s most popular attractions. The museum is North America’s largest dedicated to a single artist.
Initially pursuing a successful career as a commercial illustrator, Warhol gained recognition as an influential and controversial artist, particularly from his New York studio. His multicoloured silk screen prints and Campbells Soup cans (probably his most recognizable work) blur the lines between celebrity, advertising, and artistic expression. As a painter, sculptor, director, and producer, Warhol worked in multiple media and was prolific in output. A selection of his work is displayed in practically every contemporary art museum in the world today.
In 1989, two years after Warhol’s death due to complications from surgery, the city of Pittsburgh announced plans for the museum. After extensive building renovations and the inclusion of millions of dollars worth of donated works, the museum officially opened in 1994. Today it contains 900 paintings, close to 2,000 works on paper, over 1,000 published unique prints, 77 sculptures, 4,000 photographs, and over 4,350 Warhol films and videotaped works¹. The Andy Warhol Museum is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.