A kind of prophet, this Nostrodamus of the modern age pinpointed our obsessions with consumerism, capitalism, celebrity and the media.
Warhol pioneered Pop Art by taking everyday objects and presenting them as art in a radically innovative way. His studio was a kind of factory assembly line producing multiple works of art.
He understood that, in a modern, multimedia world, art no longer had to be restricted to painting or sculpture, but could seep into film, photography, television, music, even magazines. It was about ideas as much as technique or skill.
His influence has been immense. Today, his explorations of celebrity have exploded into massive publishing enterprises. Warhol showed us both who we are and what we might become.