82 Things You Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol, The Broad Gave Me My Face, But I Can Pick My Own Nose, 1948, collection Paul Warhola Family, courtesy the Warhola Family Website

10. A 21-year-old Warhol’s painting The Broad Gave Me My Face, But I Can Pick My Own Nose was rejected for the annual exhibition of the Associated Artists of Pittsburgh.

11. From 1949 to 1959, Warhol worked for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, The New Yorker, and other high-profile clients.


Andy Warhol, The Nation’s Nightmare, 1951, © AWF/Artists Rights Society, New York/DACS, London. Courtesy AWF and National Galleries of Scotland and Tate

12. Warhol won the Art Directors Club Medal for his 1951 newspaper illustrations advertising a CBS radio show, The Nation’s Nightmare.

13. In 1954, Warhol started to hang out at the Serendipity 3 café on East 58th Street, which had opened the same year.

14. Warhol hired his first studio assistant Nathan Gluck in 1955. He would later hire Gerard Malanga, who would work as his studio assistant from 1963 to 1968.

15. Gerard Malanga was arrested in Italy in 1968 for forging Warhol’s paintings.

16. Warhol once showed five paintings in a window display at New York’s Bonwit Teller department store.

17. His favorite thing to buy was underwear.


Andy Warhol, Self-Portrait, 1964, from the collection of The Andy Warhol Museum, © AWF

18. At 29, Warhol had a nose job.

19. Warhol said that he adopted his gray-haired look while in his 20s so that people would notice how young he looked in the face.