Discover Andy Warhol’s fascination with Hollywood, fame, and stardom through the artist’s artworks and personal belongings.
Warhol was an obsessive collector. His earliest collection was probably the dozens of movie-star photographs he acquired as a child, and he continued to acquire images of celebrities past and present throughout his life. In the 1970s, when Hollywood studios were emptying their vaults, Warhol attended auctions to find photographic treasures. He purchased many photographs depicting celebrities past and present from the great collector John Kobal, and received others as gifts or discovered them at antique stores and flea markets.
Warhol’s desire to “look at the stars” was ignited while attending his neighborhood cinemas with his brothers in gritty, industrial 1930s Pittsburgh. Born to a poor but close-knit Byzantine Catholic family, young Andy Warhol absorbed images of both the saintly icons on the altar of his local church and the glamorous stars he saw in the movies at his neighborhood cinema. Both would influence his life and art. The photo album Warhol created as a boy remained a treasured possession of his for his entire life.