Andy Warhol's New York, 25 Years On

Looking for signs of the artist a quarter-century after he disappeared

But then again, what else did you expect? Warhol wanted it this way. "My ideal city would be completely new. No antiques," Warhol proclaimed in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again). "Old buildings are unnatural spaces. Buildings should be built to last for a short time. And if they're older than 10 years, I say get rid of them. I'd build new buildings every 14 years."

Here is an incomplete list of the places you can still find overt references to Andy Warhol in the New York City streetscape: At 57 East 66th Street between Madison and Park avenues, a five-story Federal-style brownstone that was Warhol's home from 1974 to 1987, there is a commemorative plaque by the front door. Outside the Gaslight Café on MacDougal Street, Andy Warhol's face appears in ghostly newsprint; someone has added a monster face. And until May, find the cartoony chrome Rob Pruitt statue of Warhol in Union Square, which has elected a temporary peer of Gandhi.

And there is 57 Great Jones Street, near the corner Bowery, formerly the Andy Warhol Building, where Jean-Michel Basquiat fatally overdosed, upstairs, in August 1988. With death shrines comes the temptation to assign profound meaning to coincidence. But there are incontrovertible facts. One of those is that Basquiat, a dope-shooting vampire, and Madonna, a studied health fiend, had a legendary fling in the fall of 1982, and here, today, directly across the street from Basquiat's loft, there is a poster advertising Madonna's upcoming takeover of Yankee Stadium, almost exactly 30 years later. Another is that there's an impassioned hand-scrawl to the right of the 57 Great Jones entrance where Basquiat died that reads, rather sweetly, "SAMO LIVES ON." And a third, drawn near a fluorescent row of spray-painted stencils that say "LAST CELEBRITY," someone has conveniently added, "WARHOL 4EVA."

Andy Warhol reads the May 6, 1965, edition of The Village Voice at his Silver Factory.
© Bob Adelman
Andy Warhol reads the May 6, 1965, edition of The Village Voice at his Silver Factory.
The Andy Monument, Rob Pruitt’s chrome Union Square tribute. It’s kind of hideous, right?
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The Andy Monument, Rob Pruitt’s chrome Union Square tribute. It’s kind of hideous, right?

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Warhol: Confections & Confessions — 8 x 10 B+W Photographs from The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, an exhibition Warhol's fine-art photography, opens Saturday, March 3, at Affirmation Arts in Manhattan. Thomas Kiedrowski will discuss Andy Warhol's New York with Warhol's former assistant Vito Giallo at the 92YTribeca on Friday, March 9.

That is what Warhol's New York City looks like 25 years later. 

cdodero@villagevoice.com

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Kittybyrne3
Kittybyrne3

Thanks...enjoyed that..! Don't you hate idiots like Troy below saying things like...Anybody could have done what he did..I am glad I was born with at least a few brain cells...

Troy Lee Turner
Troy Lee Turner

oh please-Warhol was a no-talent hack who got lucky. Anybody could have done what he did. A man who got his kicks out of being Andy Warhol-a predecessor to today's braindead culture. For this, he deserves no sympathy

Napoleon Nikolai Zivkovic
Napoleon Nikolai Zivkovic

Ethnically, Andy Warhol [family name: Warhola] was Carpatho-Rusyn or Ruthenian, a small Slavic nationality scattered throughout East Central Europe, mostly near Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine, as well as former Austro-Hungarian territories. As for religion, though he may have professed to being a "Catholic" his gravestone in Pittsburgh clearly bears a triple-beamed Orthodox cross, suggesting at the very least Uniate or Byzantine Rite affiliation; see Victor Bockris, 'Beat Punks' (Da Capo Press, 2000) and Raymond M. Herbenick, 'Andy Warhol's Religious and Ethnic Roots: The Carpatho-Rusyn Influence on His Art' (Edwin Meller Press, 1997).

Napoleon Nikolai Zivkovic
Napoleon Nikolai Zivkovic

Ethnically, Warhol [birth name: Warhola] was Carpatho-Rusyn or Ruthenian, a small Slavic nationality scattered throughout East Central Europe, usually situated near Poland, Slovakia and Ukraine but also Vojvodina (Serbia's northern province) and other former Austro-Hungarian territories. Although he may have been a Uniate or Byzantine Catholic by faith, his gravestone in Pittsburgh bears a triple-beamed Orthodox cross (see 'Beat Punks' by Victor Bockris, Da Capo Press, 2000), which marks a clear distinction from what is normally considered simply "Catholic." [A 1997 book entitled 'Andy Warhol's Religious & Ethnic Roots: The Carpatho-Rusyn Influence on His Art' by Raymond M. Herbenick is currently priced at upwards of $100 on Amazon.com]

Jo B
Jo B

You forgot - or deliberately left out? - why Andy suffered from several organ complaints:He died from the long-term consequences of an attemt on his life by the, then, highly acclaimed feminist theorist and propagandist Valerie Solanas who shot three bullets into his bod

Andy survived, but the injuries shortened his lifemore than anything ellse. His failed murderess got away extremely cheaplply with only three year in prison, as shehadshe had some excellent defenders in her trial: Bettie Friedan and other leaders of the "women's movement" defended and praised her as "Fore-Fighter for Women's Rights".

So, we have to accept that killing any man is a "woman's right", especially if we take into account Solanas' own defense in which she justified her deed as part of her political program which we can still find on 'google' these days: "The S.C.U.M. Manifesto" - SCUM standing for the 'Society for the Cutiing Up of Men'. In short: If Hitler wanted to kill about 30 million maximum, Solanas wouldn't do it under 3 billion men.

And the Feminist Leaders approved, yeah praised that.From then on Feminism had deteriorated into FemiNAZIsm.

Chewstroke
Chewstroke

the chewstroke homepage loves andy...the world is a better place because of him.

Dachowes
Dachowes

When Warhol came on the scene I suspected that he was either crazy, crazy as a fox, a trendyscamer or perhaps a genius. (Or, some combination of the former.) later read on an in flight magazinean excerpt of WARHOL FROM A TO Z and found his narative to be exceptionally interesting. So, I bought and read the book.

After reading the book (among other things), I concluded that art does not exist in a monolithic way -- rather art is the result of the interaction the "piece" and the consumer. And, he was all the adjectives I mentioned in the first paragraph.

Not being wealthy, I keep a few actual cans of CAMPBELL'S TOMATO SOUP CAN on my bookshelf in the living room and as yet, all who has seen them have not asked me and wondered why I keep them there.

TRETNYC
TRETNYC

If I hadn't already read Thomas K.'s book already last year then I probably would have thought this article would have been interesting. BUT I am grateful anytime my favorite artist is featured in THE VILLAGE VOICE. Cannot believe its been 25 years, and now that I'm in my early 50's that he passed at age 58. Wish that the statue in Union Square could stay there forever. RIP.

LIMEN !
LIMEN !

Andy Warhol silver screen, Andy Warhol your still a screem! Long live Andy where ever you are? I always enjoyed my visits to the gallery. But Good God that dam hair!

ghostlectricity
ghostlectricity

AW's untimely death was medical malpractice pure and simple.

Jamoke60
Jamoke60

There were likely many 'memorial masses' and prayer services held in honor of John F. Kennedy Jr's untimely death in 1999 in NYC, but the writer implies that 'THE' primary mass was held at St. Thomas More Church. This is incorrect. While there was an 'official' memorial mass, invitation only, for primarily family members at St. Patrick's Cathedral, an open 'People's Memorial' for JFK Jr. was held the evening before at the progenitor of the uptown cathedral: 'Old St. Patrick's Church', now a basilica. The Irish American community of NYC organized this service, which was attended by thousands who otherwise would have not had the chance.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/...

Sakara
Sakara

rolling stone magazine 4ever has long articles about the beatles; the voice now starting with warhol...? kinda says a lot about how boring contempory art and music is.

Maracwest
Maracwest

Valerie Solanas was messed up. But the vast majority of murders in this country are committed by men. Where the hell does this "feminazi" mythology come from?

David_Chowes
David_Chowes

Ah! I almost forgot about the S. C. U. M. manifesto -- the Society to Cut Up Men. How crazy is our species? Plenty!

 
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