Looking for Andy Warhol twenty years later

Highly accomplished in many fields, Andy Warhol served as a modern version of the classic Renaissance man, making a name for himself first as a graphic designer, then an artist, filmmaker, music producer, publisher, and writer. In doing so, he became a celebrity, even a household name.
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It’s been twenty years since Andy Warhol died on February 22, 1987, but his legacy lives on. Highly accomplished in many fields, Warhol served as a modern version of the classic Renaissance man, making a name for himself first as a graphic designer, then an artist, filmmaker, music producer, publisher, and writer. In doing so, he became a celebrity, even a household name. That is a rare achievement for a visual artist, reserved for the likes of Leonardo, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Monet, and Picasso.

In honor of Warhol and the anniversary of his peculiar death at New York Hospital, several events in February paid tribute to him and his entourage — that quirky group of misfits who hung out in Warhol’s studio, which he called The Factory. New York’s Gershwin Hotel hosted “Warhol Week,” a variety of events including an awards ceremony praising Lou Reed and Joe Dallesandro, a Levi’s fashion show, and performances by the band The Warhol Crowd, Debbie Harry, and Chris Stein.

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Craig Houser
About the Author
Craig Houser is a freelance writer, editor, and photographer working in New York. He also teaches the history of world art and the history of photography at Parsons New School of Design. Previously he worked as a curator at the Guggeheim Museum and the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. He also served as the editor in the Publications Department of College Art Association.