Pop Icon Still Popular in Death

by K-Berens

Warhol held his first major exhibition in 1971 which included the painting of his famous cans of Campbell’s Soup, which he claimed to have had for lunch for most of his life. Warhol’s fans, to this day, continue to leave soup cans on his grave.

Andy Warhol was considered the father of pop art and an influential filmmaker, screen printer, producer as well as an artist. Warhol survived an assassination attempt by a psychotic friend in the sixties, and eventually after a lifetime of influential art Warhol died of cardiac arrhythmia, brought on by water intoxication in 1987. Warhol’s family maintained that this was because of improper care he received while in the hospital. Warhol had just gotten his gallbladder removed, which was considered to be a routine surgery in New York.

Warhol’s funeral contained an open casket, and Warhol was dressed in a black suit, paisley tie, platinum wig and sunglasses. In his hands he was holding a prayer book and a red rose.

Before the coffin was lowered into the ground at the St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery, a friend named Paige Powell dropped in a few memorial items – Interview magazine, the magazine which he published, an Interview t-shirt, and a bottle of Estee Lauder’s “Beautiful” perfume into the grave.

Andy Warhol is buried in St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cemetery which is located in Pittsburgh, and many fans make the trek to visit his grave and place a can of Campbell’s Soup on it, a symbol of his famous print.

To honor the 85th anniversary of Warhol’s birth, August 6, 2013,  The Andy Warhol Museum and EarthCam launched a collaborative project titled Figment. The title comes from remarks he once made about what he thought of death. The project includes a live feed of Andy Warhol’s gravesite will be available online 24 hours a day and can be viewed here.

“I never understood why when you died, you didn’t just vanish, and everything could just keep going on the way it was only you just wouldn’t be there. I always thought I’d like my own tombstone to be blank. No epitaph and no name. Well, actually, I’d like it to say ‘figment’.” – Andy Warhol

 

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