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Past Event Art in Context: The Hustle

A painting consisting of a burnt sienna background and illustrations of dollar signs. There are 20 illustrations total, arranged in four rows of five. Each dollar sign is rendered in varying colors, from bright blues and oranges to deep purples and reds. It appears as if the dollar signs were first screen printed with opaque silhouettes, and then overlaid with a dollar sign template that appears more painterly, as if sketched with colored pencils.

Andy Warhol, Dollar Sign, 1981
The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh; Founding Collection, Contribution The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
© The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc.
1998.1.249

In 1949, a young Andy Warhol left Pittsburgh and settled in New York City, where he balanced a career as a commercial illustrator with dreams of success in the art world. How do artists pay the bills in 2018? How is Pittsburgh’s art scene evolving and changing? Join us as we discuss the challenges and opportunities facing working artists and creative communities in Pittsburgh today.

Panel participants include Casey Droege, cultural producer, artist, and Executive Director of Casey Droege Cultural Productions; D.S. Kinsel, creative entrepreneur, cultural agitator, and co-founder of BOOM Concepts; Chris McGinnis, artist, educator, and Director and Chief Curator for Rivers of Steel Arts; and David B. Pankratz, Research & Policy Director of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council. The talk will be moderated by Isolde Brielmaier, Assistant Professor of Critical Studies in the Department of Photography, Imaging and Emerging Media at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

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