The attention the deceased Andy Warhol derived is now as it was then sufficient enough to suggest his fifteen minute are on the offering yet again. He is subject of documentaries like the one by filmmaker Ric Burns. The recently made a two-part documentary about him reminds the world of why is still fascinates us all.
A show of his late work was one of the most discussed exhibitions last year. Phaidon just published a giant book called Andy Warhol: “Giant” Size. A trendy downtown club on Chrystie Street is transforming itself to look like the Factory, the name of Warhol’s tinfoil-wrapped studio. (Three weeks ago, a magazine ran the cover headline WARHOL’S CHILDREN on a story about three ultra hip downtown art stars.)
The Factory Girl-a movie about Edie Sedgwick, the rich young socialite who hung out at the Factory and OD’d at 28-opened last week starring Sienna Miller as the late fashion model Edie Sedgwick and Guy Pearce as Andy Warhol, and Hayden as Billy Quinn (credited in the film simply as “Folk Singer”).
‘Factory Girl’ is set in 1965, the year Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) met Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) and became known as his muse. The film chronicles her time as New York’s it girl to her falling out with Warhol to her untimely death from a barbiturate overdose in 1971 at the age of 28.
The famously known Factory is timeless capsulated in music as well as art and films. Warhol included the Velvet Underground in the Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a mix of art rock, Warhol films and belly dancers. They used the Factory as a place to rehearse.
Walk on the Wild Side, Lou Reed’s best known song from his solo career, was released on his first commercially successful solo album Transformer. The song is about the superstars he hung out with at the Factory.
Warhol (1928-1987) made his most original work 40 years ago when he was at the height of his own fame as it were. Instead of being made mere reference to past culture and artistic endeavor he continues to be apart of modern day pop culture. His everlasting hold on the consciousness of society influences us somehow today from beyond the grave.
The actual art that Warhol produced-the paintings, silk-screens and films-cannot explain the obsessive attention. He was an important Pop Artist who made edgy films. His silk-screens found an innovating way to describe the shifting face of celebrity culture. His work rarely possessed the visual power found in the work of the great artists of the century, such as Picasso, Matisse, or Mondrian.
Andy Warhol (Andrew Warhola ) was born on 6 August 1928 in Forest City, Pennsylvania, His father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavacky Warhola, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner.
As a teenager, Andy suffered from several nervous breakdowns. Overcoming this, he moved to New York City, and shared an apartment with Pearlstein at St.Mark’s Place off of Avenue A for months. During this time, he moved in and out of several Manhattan apartments, and he changed the spelling of his surname to Warhol.
In New York, he met Tina Fredericks, art editor of Glamour Magazine. His early jobs were doing drawings for Glamour; such as the Success is a Job in New York, and women’s shoes. He also drew advertising for various magazines, including Vogue, Harper’s Bazzar, book jackets, and holiday greeting cards.
Early on people recognized that Warhol represented more than the sum of his pictures. Observers like Marcel Duchamp and Joseph Beuys said of him, he mattered mainly as a cultural performer: “Andy” is easily Warhol’s single greatest creation.
There are many infamous and murky levels to the world that was Warhol. He was seen as naïve yet jaded. Most of all there was the constant essence of corruptibility around him. He was surrounded by drugs, but super-clean himself. He’s an insider and an outsider.
Was Warhol a celebrity or a groupie? He resembles someone who was star, voyeur and an exhibitionist. Without a doubt, he was his own perfect narcissistic creation. Warhol was like most human mirrors that saw the world and lived his life as if it were a performance.