Muses and collaborators
In 1985, Warhol – a huge wrestling fan – inadvertently wandered backstage after a match between Hulk Hogan and “Rowdy” Roddy Piper. “It’s the best thing I’ve ever seen in my whole life. The most exciting thing!” he said. Cyndi Lauper and Mr T were also in attendance.
Moved to New York at 21 after receiving her trust fund. Warhol cast her in several films and made her a star but drug use, arrests, anorexia and stays in psychiatric hospitals ensued. Sedgwick died in her sleep at 28 following a probable drug overdose.
The Rolling Stones
Warhol designed the cover of 1971’s Sticky Fingers, with its fruity closeup of a bulging crotch. Early versions featured an actual zip, a design innovation that failed to catch on, since jagged metal accessories have an unfortunate tendency to damage vinyl.
In the 80s, he and Warhol took a series of portraits of each other.
Having witnessed one of his earliest NY shows in 1980, Warhol created Orange Prince (1984), a series of 12 coloured portraits of the pint-sized polymath.
The Velvet Underground
Warhol managed, produced and art-directed the band before Lou Reed fired him, feeling his management techniques were responsible for their poor record sales.
“I’d never seen Andy angry, but I did that day,” recounted Reed.
In 1964, Dalí summoned Warhol to meet him at a hotel. Opera played at deafening volume, while Warhol put on an Inca headdress and nervously guzzled wine. After five uncomfortable minutes, a spooked Warhol decided to flee.
Met at the Factory in 1971, when Bowie performed a mime for a nonplussed Warhol. Bowie gave him a copy of Hunky Dory, which included Bowie’s tribute to the artist. “Warhol didn’t say anything but absolutely hated it,” said Bowie’s then tour manager Tony Zanetta. Bowie would later play Warhol in the 1996 biopic Basquiat.
Had something of a mentor-mentee relationship at first. “Andy loved Jean-Michel like a son almost,” said Interview editor Glenn O’Brien. The two artists fell out after their joint 1985 show Paintings flopped, and remained unreconciled at the time of Warhol’s death in February 1987. Basquiat died the following August.
Studio 54 regulars
Warhol was photographed at Studio 54 with a number of celebrities, including Liza Minnelli, Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Truman Capote, Aerosmith, Michael Jackson and Robin Williams. Judas Priest vocalist Rob Halford once handcuffed himself to Warhol after one of their shows in 1979, before the pair went off to the club together.
Declared in 2013: “I am Warhol. I am the number one most impactful artist of our generation.” That same year, his now wife Kim Kardashian was painted in the style of one of Warhol’s Marilyns by Monica Warhol, who claims to be a distant relative.
“I’m a work of art / I’m a Warhol already” (Already Home, 2009). Also signed off blog posts as “Andy WarHOV” and used Warhol’s Rorschach (1984) as the cover of his 2010 book Decoded.
Tyler, the Creator
The cover of his Goblin album references Warhol’s poster for his 1971 film Pork. His Earfquake video is shot through with AW references, from the platinum bowlcut wig to the Factory-style silver-draped walls.
His 2007 Banksy v Warhol exhibition recreated Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe screen prints, but with Kate Moss.
The fashion house’s 1991 collection sent supermodel Naomi Campbell down the runway in a dress printed with Warhol’s Marilyn image
The Louis Vuitton menswear artistic director cites Warhol as a key influence. Brands, he says, “signify things stored in the deepest parts of our brains as to what anything is. A cross on a Catholic church, or the red and white of a Coca-Cola can; how else would you know how to find your way?”
Signed a licensing deal with the Warhol Foundation in 2017. Then CCO Raf Simons expressed a particular interest in Warhol’s grisly Death and Disaster collection, a series of screenprints of car crashes, electric chairs and suicides.
In 1975, Warhol wrote: “Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art,” a phrase DJT has referenced multiple times. In April 1981, Trump proposed a formal partnership, with the artist creating paintings of Trump Tower. The deal turned sour when Trump declined to buy the diamond-dust covered paintings, irked that they weren’t colour-coordinated. Warhol never forgave him, still bitching about him in diary entries from three years later, writing: “I think Trump’s sort of cheap.”
Following Warhol’s soup can prints, in 1966 Campbell’s returned the compliment and produced the Souper Dress – a promotional offer where $1 and two coupons secured you a paper dress printed with Warhol’s artwork. One now resides in the Met Museum.
Warhol references crop up throughout the Henson universe: Oscar the Grouch and Telly both created soup-can artworks; Kermit appeared as Warhol for a fashion shoot in Zink magazine; the 2019 Sesame Street Road Trip tour saw Big Bird posing at the Warhol Museum.
As a 20-year-old unknown, conceptual artist Deller spent two weeks at the Factory observing Warhol, having talked his way into his hotel room during a visit to London. (Deller found Warhol and entourage watching Benny Hill on mute while playing Roxy Music.)
Warhol repeatedly returned to himself as subject matter. His first self-portrait, in 1963, saw him turning a simple photo booth image into a blue silkscreen print, a neat reminder that millennials didn’t invent solipsism.
A recurring film joke
Warhol’s silkscreen portraits have become a cinematic shorthand for a certain kind of ego. In Working Girl, Sigourney Weaver’s character has a set of Warhol-inspired portraits of herself. Similar visual gags crop up in Dreamgirls, Zoolander and Desperate Housewives.
Warhol was the first artist to realise the boundless public appetite for watching people do nothing. Years before Big Brother, his films Kiss, Sleep and Eat recorded mundane tasks with a fixed camera for up to five hours at a time. His celebrated contention that “In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” pretty much defines the modern Love Island era.