Andy Warhol
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"Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, the whole crowd used to come into Castelanos every night for dinner. The galleries were all right there on 57th street. I have a table cloth they all signed. Andy era un poco stravagante." 

                             -Giovanni Francescotti, owner of Giovanni Ristorante,    
                              47 west 55th st (former manager of Castelanos Ristorante)

 

   To describe Andy Warhol as only a little "stravagante" is an understatement. Many people outside of the art world thought he was quite eccentric.

   Andy Warhol was born in 1927 or 1928 in Forest City, Pa. ( the exact date and place of birth is questioned). He is of Czechoslovakian origin. He attended the Carnegie Institute of Technology in Pittsburgh, Pa., from 1945 until 1949. In 1949 he moved to New York City, where he found employment as a commercial illustrator. In 1952, he had his first solo show at the Hugo Gallery in NY. He opened his famous studio, the Factory, in 1963. In 1968, an actress named Valerie Solanas shot Warhol, nearly killing him. After this traumatic event, he entered his post-pop period working with images of modern celebrities.

   The factory was the center of New York's bohemian culture, where the most beautiful women, the most influential art-world figures, as well as many celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Lou Reed, congregated.

   Every evening at the Factory was a drug and sex filled party that lasted until sun rise. This fast paced life style did not slow down Warhol's artistic output; at the factory, he produced an incredible amount of work, which included paintings, silk screens, sculptures, and films. The last Factory was located on 33rd st and Madison Avenue. The building had four floors and almost 31,000 square feet.

   During the 1980's, Warhol befriended many of New York's younger art superstars, such as Francesco Clemente, Keith haring, and Jean-Michel Basquiat, to name just a few.

Andy Warhol died in New York City on 22 Feb 1987.

 


Drawing submitted courtesy of
Detective Chris Lawrence,
Forensic Artist, Erie PD, Erie, Pa.