Andy Warhol painted Liz Taylor, Marilyn Monroe, and Truman Capote with a fan-boy, almost stalker-like, affection (Capote had to tell Warhol to refrain from calling him daily as he once did). As his own super stardom rose, the affection from artist to muse became mutal and the glitteratti of the era sought out the artist to be forever immortalized in Warholian style. True to his “Good Art is Good Business” mantra, Warhol would later take commissions from wealthy, less iconic, clientele who needed to have own original Andy. With this Warhol himself had become an icon in the church he once worshipped — the church of Fame.
This gallery, part of the current Warhol survey at The Whitney, serves as a cross section of the art/entertainment/social stratosphere that Warhol catered to as THE portrait artist of his time.
Standouts in this gallery include Joseph Beuys, Dolly Parton, Henry Geldzahler, and Versace, all for different reasons.
If Warhol was around today who would he be painting? Moguls of the internet? Bad boy heads of state? Hollywood royalty? Tell me in the comments below who you think would make the cut... Ciao for now.