Andy Warhol's name is synonymous with Pop Art and the glamour and decadence of the New York art, club, and cultural scene of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.
But Andy had a secret. He kept it to himself. It did not appear in his work until the last decade of his life. Andy Warhol was a Catholic, a devout Byzantine Catholic, who prayed daily with this mother during the many years she lived with him in New York. He frequently attended mass. One of the greatest moments of his life was when he got to meet Pope (now Saint) John Paul II.
This guide will connect you to resources about Andy Warhol, his up-bringing and faith, and the effect these things had on his life and art.
Because all of Andy Warhol's art is under copyright and we did not want to put too much strain on fair use, we do not link to any of his art on this guide. But a Google image search for Andy's name combined with any of these words will retrieve many examples of his art on religious subjects: skull, cross, eggs, Last Supper, Jesus, Heaven, Hell.
All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you may need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link below.
Adams, Ruth. "Idol Curiosity: Andy Warhol and the Art of Secular Iconography." Theology & Sexuality: The Journal of the Institute for the Study of Christianity & Sexuality, vol. 10, no. 2, Mar. 2004, pp. 90-98. EBSCOhost.
Barnet, David C. "A Nun Inspired By Warhol: The Forgotten Pop Art Of Sister Corita Kent." (8 Jan., 2015). National Public Radio, All Things Considered.
Byrne, Libby. "Practice-Led Theology: The Studio as a Site for Theology in the Making." Theology, vol. 120, no. 3, 2017, pp. 197-207. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1177/0040571X16684434.
Dab, Zan Schuweiler. "For Heaven's Sake: Warhol's Art as Religious Allegory." Religion and the Arts, vol. 1, no. 1, Fall, pp. 15-31. EBSCOhost.
Elwell, J Sage. "Reflections from the Bottom of a Brillo Box: A Theological Inquiry into the End(S) of Art." Religion and the Arts, vol. 16, no. 5, 2012, pp. 539-559. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1163/15685292-12341238.
Mena, Adelaide. "Pop Artist. Provocateur. Catholic. Who was Andy Warhol?" Catholic News Service, 27 Aug. 2015.
Pitz, Marilyn. "Vatican Museums Will Not Exhibit Andy Warhol's Work." Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 31 July, 2018.
Richardson, John. "Eulogy for Andy Warhol." (April 1, 1987). in Great American Catholic Eulogies, edited by Carol DeChant. Acta Publications.
Ripatrazone, Nick. "A Catholic Media Trinity: Mcluhan, Ong and Warhol." America, vol. 218, no. 1, 08 Jan. 2018, pp. 38-43. EBSCOhost.
Rogers-Martin, Timothy. "The Power of the Surface: Andy Warhol as Artist and Teacher." Religious Education, vol. 84, no. 2, Spr, pp. 283-293. EBSCOhost
To read these articles off-campus, you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link.
All of these resources can be accessed from off-campus, but you will need to enter your Multipass username and password when you click on a link below.
"Religion in the Age of Mass Media: Andy Warhol's Catholicism"
Dr. Jonathan Anderson, Presented by the Beatrice Institute (2020)
"Andy Warhol: Revelation" - An Exhibition Tour at the Brooklyn Museum (Novermber, 2021)
"The Two Andys" mural by Tom Moser & Sarah Zeffro. Downtown Pittsburgh. Photo by Ted Bergfelt