For those who live in the D.C. area, the three-hour drive to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh is totally worth it.
It’s hard to be a successful artist; in fact, some believe it may be an oxymoron. To gain fame and wealth in your own lifetime through your artwork is assumed to be synonymous with selling out. But Warhol was able to strike a balance between being fascinatingly creative and innovative with making fistfuls of money. He stretched his 15 minutes of fame out for more than 30 years.
When Warhol died in 1987 at age 58, his net worth was $228 million. And we thought he spent it all partying at Studio 54! (He didn’t. Admirers were happy enough to buy these for him.)
The Warhol Museum showcases many of his most famous works — Campbell’s Soup, Marilyn Monroe, Chairman Mao — and many lesser-known pieces as well. All told, the museum contains 900 paintings, 100 sculptures, 2,000 works on paper; 1,000 prints and 4,000 photographs. These works of art take their turns on display throughout the year, helping to create a new and exciting experience with each visit, no matter how often you go.
The Warhol is part of a group of four museums founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1895. The others are the Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History and Carnegie Science Center — all deserving of a visit. Make a weekend of it!
The Warhol Museum, 117 Sandusky St., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Phone: 412-237-8300; Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays; Admission: adults, $20, students and children 18 and under, $10.