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Andy Warhol [1] (born Andrew Warhola; August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987) was an American artist, director and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art. His works explore the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture, and advertising that flourished by the 1960s, and span a variety of media, including painting, silkscreening, photography, film, and sculpture. Some of his best known works include the silkscreen paintings ''Campbell's Soup Cans'' (1962) and ''Marilyn Diptych'' (1962), the experimental film ''Chelsea Girls'' (1966), and the multimedia events known as the ''Exploding Plastic Inevitable'' (1966–67).

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Warhol initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator. After exhibiting his work in several galleries in the late 1950s, he began to receive recognition as an influential and controversial artist. His New York studio, The Factory, became a well-known gathering place that brought together distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons. He promoted a collection of personalities known as Warhol superstars, and is credited with coining the widely used expression "15 minutes of fame." In the late 1960s, he managed and produced the experimental rock band The Velvet Underground and founded ''Interview'' magazine. He authored numerous books, including ''The Philosophy of Andy Warhol'' and ''Popism: The Warhol Sixties''. He lived openly as a gay man before the gay liberation movement. After gallbladder surgery, Warhol died in February 1987 at the age of 58.

Warhol has been the subject of numerous retrospective exhibitions, books, and feature and documentary films. The Andy Warhol Museum in his native city of Pittsburgh, which holds an extensive permanent collection of art and archives, is the largest museum in the United States dedicated to a single artist. Many of his creations are very collectible and highly valuable. The highest price ever paid for a Warhol painting is US$105 million for a 1963 canvas titled ''Silver Car Crash (Double Disaster)''; his works include some of the most expensive paintings ever sold.[2] A 2009 article in ''The Economist'' described Warhol as the "bellwether of the art market".[3]

Andy Warhol - David Hockney | 20th Century & Contemporary Art Evening Sale  New York Wednesday, May 15, 2019, Lot 3 | Phillips
Andy Warhol, by David Hockney

Fairfield Porter - Portrait of Ted Carey and Andy Warhol [… | Flickr
Fairfield Porter - Portrait of Ted Carey and Andy Warhol

BILLY NAME [WILLIAM GEORGE LINICH] (1940-2016) Andy Warhol Working in The Factory.
BILLY NAME [WILLIAM GEORGE LINICH] (1940-2016) Andy Warhol Working in The Factory. Silver print, the image measuring 235x184.2 mm; 9 1/4x7 1/4 inches, with a Linich Credit/Factory Photo hand stamp on verso. Circa 1965.

GREG GORMAN (1949 - ) Andy Warhol, Los Angeles.
GREG GORMAN (1949 - ) Andy Warhol, Los Angeles. Silver print, the image measuring 482x381 mm.; 19x15 inches, the sheet 508x406 mm.; 20x16 inches, with Gorman's signature and edition notation 10/25, in ink, on recto. 1986.

Among the men who caught Warhol's eye was author Truman Capote who he became obsessed with and began stalking. Pictured: American film producer Lester Persky with Warhol and Capote in 1978
Among the men who caught Warhol's eye was author Truman Capote who he became obsessed with and began stalking. Pictured: American film producer Lester Persky with Warhol and Capote in 1978

Warhol was 'utterly immersed' in the gay community of Manhattan and one Halloween he turned up to a party wearing a garland of flowers, as 'daisy chain' was gay slang for a round robin orgy. Pictured: Warhol with Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54  circa 1970s
Warhol was 'utterly immersed' in the gay community of Manhattan and one Halloween he turned up to a party wearing a garland of flowers, as 'daisy chain' was gay slang for a round robin orgy. Pictured: Warhol with Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 circa 1970s

Warhol was 'utterly immersed' in the gay community of Manhattan and one Halloween he turned up to a party wearing a garland of flowers, as 'daisy chain' was gay slang for a round robin orgy. Pictured: Warhol with Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54  circa 1970s
Warhol was 'utterly immersed' in the gay community of Manhattan and one Halloween he turned up to a party wearing a garland of flowers, as 'daisy chain' was gay slang for a round robin orgy. Pictured: Warhol with Jerry Hall, Debbie Harry, Truman Capote and Paloma Picasso at Studio 54 circa 1970s

Warhol's first proper lover, to whom he appears to have lost his virginity to, was a 20-year-old called Carlton Alfred Willers, who Warhol called' Willers'. Willers was a clerk at the picture collection of the New York Public Library and Gopnik writes the two men were 'intimate'. But Warhol was 'lousy in bed' as Willers described it, a description Warhol would be given by lovers 'for the rest of his life'. Pictured: Warhol at his art studio
Warhol's first proper lover, to whom he appears to have lost his virginity to, was a 20-year-old called Carlton Alfred Willers, who Warhol called' Willers'. Willers was a clerk at the picture collection of the New York Public Library and Gopnik writes the two men were 'intimate'. But Warhol was 'lousy in bed' as Willers described it, a description Warhol would be given by lovers 'for the rest of his life'. Pictured: Warhol at his art studio

One friend who knew Warhol in the 1950s remembered him saying: 'Oh, my bum is so sore because I met this number and he screwed the a** off me'. The friend didn't believe Warhol because he also had bought into the idea of him as asexual. Yet within a few years, Warhol was having surgery for anal warts and a tear, Gopnik writes. Pictured: Warhol with film director Paul Morissey, Viva and Gordon Locksley in 1968
One friend who knew Warhol in the 1950s remembered him saying: 'Oh, my bum is so sore because I met this number and he screwed the a** off me'. The friend didn't believe Warhol because he also had bought into the idea of him as asexual. Yet within a few years, Warhol was having surgery for anal warts and a tear, Gopnik writes. Pictured: Warhol with film director Paul Morissey, Viva and Gordon Locksley in 1968

That year he met Jed Johnson (pictured together), who would later become a famed interior designer, and the two stayed together for 12 years. At the time Johnson was a 19-year-old college kid from California who worked at The Factory fixing things up. He moved in with Warhol and they 'functioned as husband and husband' and appeared to have a full sexual relationship
That year he met Jed Johnson (pictured together), who would later become a famed interior designer, and the two stayed together for 12 years. At the time Johnson was a 19-year-old college kid from California who worked at The Factory fixing things up. He moved in with Warhol and they 'functioned as husband and husband' and appeared to have a full sexual relationship

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) A pair of portraits of the famed artist duo Gilbert & George.

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) A pair of portraits of the famed artist duo Gilbert & George.
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) A pair of portraits of the famed artist duo Gilbert & George. Polaroids, the images measuring 95.3x73 mm; 3 3/4x2 7/8 inches, the sheets slightly larger, each with Warhol's embossed copyright blind stamp on recto. 1975.

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) A pair of portraits of Keith Peterson and Mike Walsh.

ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) A pair of portraits of Keith Peterson and Mike Walsh.
ANDY WARHOL (1928-1987) A pair of portraits of Keith Peterson and Mike Walsh. Polaroids, each image measuring 95x73 mm; 3 3/4x2 7/8 inches, the sheet 108x86 mm; 4 1/4x3 3/8 inches, the photograph of Keith Peterson with Warhol's embossed copyright blind stamp on recto. 1983-85. This pair of photographs features body builder Keith Peterson and Warhol's studio assistant Mike Walsh. The images are reproduced in Barbara Hitchcock's "The Polaroid Book" (Taschen), where the image of Mike Walsh is erroneously dated 1977.


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Warhol was gay.[4][5] Interviewed in 1980, he indicated that he was still a virgin—biographer Bob Colacello who was present at the interview felt it was probably true and that what little sex he had was probably "a mixture of voyeurism and masturbation—to use [Andy's] word ''abstract''".[6] Warhol's assertion of virginity would seem to be contradicted by his hospital treatment in 1960 for condylomata, a sexually transmitted disease.[7] It has also been contradicted by his lovers, including Warhol muse BillyBoy who has said they had sex to orgasm: "When he wasn't being Andy Warhol and when you were just alone with him he was an incredibly generous and very kind person. What seduced me was the Andy Warhol who I saw alone. In fact when I was with him in public he kind of got on my nerves….I'd say: 'You're just obnoxious, I can't bear you."[8] Asked if Warhol was only a voyeur, Billy Name also denied it, saying: "He was the essence of sexuality. It permeated everything. Andy exuded it, along with his great artistic creativity….It brought a joy to the whole art world in New York."[9] "But his personality was so vulnerable that it became a defense to put up the blank front."[10] Warhol's lovers included John Giorno,[11] Billy Name,[12] Charles Lisanby,[13] and Jon Gould. His boyfriend of 12 years was Jed Johnson, whom he met in 1968, and who later achieved fame as an interior designer.[14]

Warhol's first proper lover, to whom he appears to have lost his virginity to, was a 20-year-old called Carlton Alfred Willers, who Warhol called' Willers'. Willers was a clerk at the picture collection of the New York Public Library and Blake Gopnik, author of Warhol, writes the two men were 'intimate'. But Warhol was 'lousy in bed' as Willers described it, a description Warhol would be given by lovers 'for the rest of his life'. Willliers said Warhol was 'certainly not passionate, he was more passionate about food and eating'. Warhol's passions were for 'the beautiful people who owned and frequented certain restaurants', Gopnik writes. It took a lot of coaxing to have sex and Warhol could 'barely manage intimacy' said Willers, who revealed that occasionally during an 'intimate moment' when they were cuddling Warhol cried. Gopnik writes: 'He'd tell Willers that he's been thinking about something sad from his past, but it seems just as likely that Warhol had a depressive streak that few got to see - unless they looked closely at his art.'

Stephen Bruce, one of the founders of a popular Manhattan cafe called Serendipity, where Warhol became a regular, said he would fall under the spell of 'every attractive young man in the city, including me'. One such young man was Dudley Huppler, an artist from Wisconsin who was 11 years Warhol's junior and was close to Warhol for several years.

His next major lover was Charles Lisanby, a TV art director who later designed The Garry Moore Show, the comedy show that made a star of actress Carol Burnett. Warhol found himself drawn to Lisanby because he was tall, dark and from a 'horsey Southern family'. Gopnik writes the relationship 'hovered between a friendship, a flirtation and a love affair - depending on which of the two you asked to describe it'. Lisanby explained he 'didn't think Warhol wanted to have sex because it was 'messy'. Lisanby said: 'That was his word, it was too ''messy and distasteful''. He told me he'd had sex a few times, he had tried it and didn't really like it'. But Gopnik notes there is 'plenty of evidence' that Warhol enjoyed 'all kinds of erotic contact in those early years and over the course of his life'. Even Lisanby said when it came to sexual function, Warhol was 'normal in all respects'.

Another of Warhol's lovers was Billy Name, aka William George Linich, who was a photographer and archivist at The Factory, Warhol's infamous work and party space in Manhattan. Name became Warhol's 'pet' and Warhol would sent him notes saying: 'My mother told me to pick the very best one. I pick you.' The two were briefly lovers but were 'very awkward and very shy about the whole sexual thing', Name said. Name said if he put his hand on Warhol's shoulder, he would jump as another lover said that Warhol was 'so feather-light that it sent one lover into ecstatics'.

One of Warhol's other boyfriends was Robert Pincus-Witten who appeared in Warhol's film The 13 Most Beautiful Boys. Pincus-Witten was a 19-year-old who admitted he was a 'star f**ker' and sought out Warhol at The Factory. Like many of Warhol's lovers, Pincus-Witten said the sex was 'bad and awkward, even absurd' and didn't last very long. But Warhol did give him one thing - crabs, the sexually transmitted disease. Pincus-Witten joked that if the pests didn't come from the couch at The Factory then it was from 'Andy's crotch'.

In 1968 Warhol survived an assassination attempt by radical feminist writer Valerie Solanas, leaving him with deep scars from the bullet wounds. That year he met Jed Johnson, who would later become a famed interior designer, and the two stayed together for 12 years. At the time Johnson was a 19-year-old college kid from California who worked at The Factory fixing things up. He moved in with Warhol and they 'functioned as husband and husband' and appeared to have a full sexual relationship. A friend recalled a time when someone denied another gay couple were lovers, with Warhol saying: 'That would be like saying Jed and I were just friends'. The friend added: 'Believe me, they were lovers'. Jonson confirmed this to a friend later and said sex with Warhol was 'at a schoolboy level'. In public they did not display any affection and Warhol could be a jealous and controlling partner, in no small part due to the attempt on his life. The relationship lasted until 1980, by which time Warhol was partying at Studio 54 where he 'couldn't keep his eyes, or his thoughts, or sometimes his hands, off the gorgeous young lads he saw on the dance floor most nights'. In a farewell note Johnson told Warhol: 'I don't think you'll get (what you're looking for) from your Victors and Kevins and nights at Studio 54. You did have all my love and respect. Sorry it went wrong.'

The fact that Warhol's homosexuality influenced his work and shaped his relationship to the art world is a major subject of scholarship on the artist and is an issue that Warhol himself addressed in interviews, in conversation with his contemporaries, and in his publications (''e.g.'', ''Popism: The Warhol 1960s''). Throughout his career, Warhol produced erotic photography and drawings of male nudes. Many of his most famous works (portraits of Liza Minnelli, Judy Garland, and Elizabeth Taylor, and films such as ''Blow Job'', ''My Hustler'' and ''Lonesome Cowboys'') draw from gay underground culture or openly explore the complexity of sexuality and desire. As has been addressed by a range of scholars, many of his films premiered in gay porn theaters.[15]

The first works that Warhol submitted to a fine art gallery, homoerotic drawings of male nudes, were rejected for being too openly gay.[16] In ''Popism'', furthermore, the artist recalls a conversation with the film maker Emile de Antonio about the difficulty Warhol had being accepted socially by the then-more-famous (but closeted) gay artists Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg. De Antonio explained that Warhol was "too swish and that upsets them." In response to this, Warhol writes, "There was nothing I could say to that. It was all too true. So I decided I just wasn't going to care, because those were all the things that I didn't want to change anyway, that I didn't think I 'should' want to change ... Other people could change their attitudes but not me".[17][18] In exploring Warhol's biography, many turn to this period—the late 1950s and early 1960s—as a key moment in the development of his persona. Some have suggested that his frequent refusal to comment on his work, to speak about himself (confining himself in interviews to responses like "Um, no" and "Um, yes", and often allowing others to speak for him)—and even the evolution of his pop style—can be traced to the years when Warhol was first dismissed by the inner circles of the New York art world.[19]


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