We like to think that if Andy and Kathleen had lived at the same time, they would have been fast friends – one making the art, the other facilitating the discourse around it. Here, the Arts Editor and headlinista of The Huffington Post weighs in on Andy’s weakness for fallen women and other newsy treasures.
What was your first Warholian moment?
I honestly can’t remember first encountering Warhol’s work. He seems to have seeped into the culture so that he was part of the conversation my whole life. I do, however, remember reading The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B & Back Again) as a teenager and discovering he was the Oscar Wilde of art.
Who would be Andy’s muse if he were alive today?
Probably Lindsay Lohan, since Andy loved tragic figures.
What are your latest cultural obsessions?
Helen Harris’ DJ skills, Kenya (Robinson)’s “Remitting Default: Sonic Diagrams,” the re-release of earnest and bizarre films like Miami Connection, tragic karaoke videos, Jim Kempner’s video series, “The Madness of Art,” new DAP/Artbook releases, and zine libraries.
What is a Warhol-worthy headline from your world of late?
“Ng Goon Lau Is Hong Kong’s Haunted Real Estate King”
I think Andy would appreciate “the death discount” mentioned in the article, as well as the curious title.
If you could collaborate with Andy on a project, what would it be?
An antiseptic, but oddly decadent wig party. Everyone would come in wearing wigs, and there would be stylists available to give your wig a haircut when you were ready for one. There would be a lot of sitting and commenting on hairstyles.
Dream dinner-party: you, Warhol, and…..?
Salvador Dalí, of course! Oh, and a lobster phone, so we could order the random things that Andy would want at a party.
Imagine Warhol had a Twitter account. What kind of thing might he say in 140 characters or less?
“Existence itself is nothing”
Whose portrait would Andy most want to do if he were alive today?
Probably Kate Middleton’s portrait. I can see him wanting to tackle the Duchess, especially after her latest portrait debacle.
If you could own one work by Andy, what would it be?
The “Day-Glo acid green” work from the “Shadows” series or Self Portrait with Skull (1978).
Soup can or Coke bottle?
Coke bottle. It’s more universal.
Marilyn, Liz or Jackie?
Marilyn, of course!