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Artist Pays Tribute To Native Son

September 14, 1987

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ The late pop artist Andy Warhol is being honored with a 14-by-48-foot billboard done in his style that features four Warhol faces and the words ″Pittsburgh Remembers Andy Warhol, 1928-1987.″

Warhol, whose real name was Andrew Warhola, was born in nearby McKeesport and died in February in New York City following gall bladder surgery. He is buried in a suburban Pittsburgh cemetery.

The tribute was produced by Pittsburgh billboard artist Greg Puchalski. His employer, Patrick Media Group Inc., provided the space and may donate the work to a museum, said art director Ron Senovich.

Warhol ″was able to produce art with a sense of humor, and he had a knack of taking something out of context and making it work,″ Puchalski said.

He said Warhol’s brother, Paul Warhola, called and said he liked the billboard. ″That was a nice surprise,″ Puchalski said.

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