Andy Warhol, the man behind Pop Art and a variety of other visual and oral art forms, was born on August 6, 1928 and would have been 86 today. Born Andrew Warhola, the artist didn’t like to show his face much; instead, he turned his gaze to mundane objects, beautiful people, horrific scenes of violence and typically boring occurrences.
While most people know Andy Warhol for his silk-screen portraits and his iconic Campbell’s soup can, the artist was much, much more than that. Andy Warhol was just as much a filmmaker as he was a painter and a silk-screen artist. During the 1960’s he produced 60 films that specialized in “issues of masculinity, eroticism, sexuality, boredom, beauty, excess, trauma and the progression of movement over time”. Just to give you an idea, some of the names include “Sleep” (a film that chronicles a person’s entire night’s rest, go figure), “Blow Job” (self explanatory), and “Empire” (a film that features 8 consecutive hours of a still frame of the Empire State Building).
As a birthday tribute, the Huffington Post completed a comprehensive list of video clips showing 17 different films that best represent Andy Warhol the filmmaker.