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Warhol Works Donated to 4 Museums

November 20, 1997

PITTSBURGH (AP) _ Andy Warhol’s film, video and television works _ valued at about $9 million _ have new homes at four museums.

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts presented the film gifts Wednesday to the Pittsburgh-based Andy Warhol Museum; the Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art, both in New York City; and the UCLA Film and Television Archive in California.

Warhol’s art was bequeathed to the foundation after the artist’s death in 1987 and the foundation will retain copyrights to his paintings and prints.

Warhol, who grew up in Pittsburgh, became famous as the leading proponent of pop art with his paintings of Campbell’s Soup cans, among other works. In 1963, he began making films, including ``Empire,″ in which a camera focuses on the Empire State Building for hours.

The foundation handed over 30 full-length films, 500 ``Screen Tests″ _ Warhol’s portraits of celebrities _ and 100 hours of videotapes.

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