Monday, February 26, 2007

Andi Warholas at the Alt.Oscars 2007

Kostume Kult held their Second Annual Alternative Oscars at Manahatta yesterday. The Andy Warholas showed up with Edie Sedgwick this year, in honor of that Factory Girl movie that came out, which we heard was horrible. Or at least Lou Reed told us it was horrible.

First we met at the Washington Mutual:
Andis Do Their Favorite Thing: Get Money
Photograph by Kurt Opprecht
We headed over to Mannahatta (across the street from the now defunct CBGBs) to walk the red carpet, but Edie was late, as usual. Late and incoherent. As usual.

2007, by the way, is the 20th Deathiversary of Andy Warhol's passing.


Warhol had checked in to room number 1204 of New York Hospital's Baker Pavillion under the name of Bob Roberts, listing his next of kin as FRED HUGHES. He kept his wig on throughout his hospital stay, including during the gallbladder operation. During the operation the surgeon also repaired a hernia which Andy had since his shooting in 1968. (DD5-10) Although the gallbladder operation went fine, Warhol died early in the morning - on Billy Name's birthday - from an unexpected heart attack. According to Vincent Fremont, Andy "was just getting back into filmmaking at the time of his death." (UW74)

Here's the official video from last year:

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Ric Burns Documentary on Andy Warhol!

Ric Burns's new documentary on Andy airs tonight and tomorrow on your local PBS affliates. This is a must see documentary. The Andiis were able to view the documentary at Film Forum in Manhattan, and though a few things were annoying, all in all, we thoroughly enjoyed its balanced nature. Warhol was both loved and hated (even to this day), and Burns captures both ambiguous sides of the man. We say thanks to Ric for this American Master classic and urge you all to see it!

Andy A
Andy S
Andy E
Andy J
Andy T
Andy K

Update! Ric Burns will be answering your questions online at the WaPO tomorrow. Here's the info; here's where you can submit your question.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Andys at the Meatspace Gallery, L.I.C.

Andy T, Andy J, Andy P and Andy E at the opening of the Meatspace Gallery, L.I.C., August 11, 2006
By Rob Cohen
Is Meatspace the New Factory? Is Possible.

Andy A opened the Meatspace Gallery, located in a former smoked meat factory in a complex of kayaks, artists, recycled bicycles, art, and a magnificient view of the isle of Manhattan. (Soon to be obscured by mega-housing. Come to gallery now to see the art, the view, grab a bike, and go kayaking, too.)

You can read more about the space, the gallery, and the history of the building, here.

More photos here.

NYPress: NYC EYES Photo of the Week

Andy P, Andy S and Andy Oh! at the Idiotarod, NYC, 2006

NYC Eyes

This Week’s Photo: Eric H. Brown

“Andy Would Have Been Proud”

Thank you, Mr. Brown

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Factory News

Slavs of New York! today posted news about Andy's last factory finally going condo. It's been in the works for years and is now happening.

We Andis would love to see photographs of freelance 'Andis about town' snapped in front of the building. Or snapped in front of any of the former Factories. Send us a link at when you do.

Slavs of New York! notes that the final factory has three addresses: 19 East 32nd Street, 158 Madison Avenue, and 22 East 33rd Street. They also note the addresses of the other Factories:
The first Factory was on the fifth floor of 231 East 47th Street from 1964-1968, then 33 Union Square West until 1974 when it moved to 860 Broadway and was rechristened The Office.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Andy was a Capatho-Rusyn

Slavs of New York! noted this in May and featured us. Too bad we missed the parade last month in Pittsburgh, but are glad to now know that a Capatho-Rusyn is a Slovakian. Like Andy.

It's always good to know one's roots.

Andy was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Dear Andy,

Happy Birthday. Even though I shot you, I still think that you should have a great birthday. Just watch where you blow.


Happy Birthday, Andy!!!!

We love you!

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Andi Warholas Take a Stroll on a Sunday

{{A big welcome to Gothamist Readers, the Andis love you, too!!}}

In celebration of Andy Oh!'s birthday, the Andis did brunch at Cafe Mogador in the East Village, made a stop at James De La Vega's art store, walked past the Village Voice, then headed to see the boy in the bubble, David Blaine.

Here we are, walking toward Cafe Mogador after visiting the De La Vega store across the street while waiting for our table to be called. Yes, we did have to wait like every one else. We finally got a fabulous table for six, the five Andis of the day and Marco Paparazzo. Lovely and tasty brunchables were had by all. We read from Andy Warhol's "From A to B: The Philosophy of Andy Warhol" and tried to figure out our ultimate purpose. No luck with that, so we just ate. Andy wrote that though he knew he should eat protein, he only wanted to eat sugar.

Street graffiti artist James De La Vega relocated his art store from East Harlem to the East Village. De La Vega saw us hanging out at Cafe Mogador (like I said, across the street), and came over with his ever present cigar. He asked us to take a picture with one of his "My Mom As..." series of paintings. We thought it a fabulous idea. This one just happened to be "My Mom As Warhol." How appropos. This is one of three pictures Marco Paparazzo took of us and it. The best one (not this one) will be going to De La Vega and he promises to put it in his store.

After our lovely brunch, we strolled toward the D train (yes, these Andis take the subway; Andy was notoriously cheap, by the way); we stopped for a snap at the Village Voice. According to, in early 1966 Andy took out an ad in the Voice which read:

‘I’ll endorse with my name any of the following: clothing, AC-DC, cigarettes, small tapes, sound equipment, ROCK ‘N” ROLL RECORDS, anthing, film, and film equipment, Food, Helium, Whips, MONEY; love and kisses Andy Warhol.
EL 5-9941”
Andy wrote that he wanted to be an Art Businessman or Business Artist. Andy R (who was unable to attend the day's stroll) sent the following NPR link regarding one of those objets d'art that Andy endorsed with his name.

Continuing our stroll, we walked by a fabulous store that sells retro chairs, and we had to walk in and sit down in a few of the masterpieces.

Reminds us of the Factory days...

and effective

Product Placement...

We continue on to the subway.
{{Interlude on the Subway}}

We arrive uptown.

And see a photo-op...

Which would have been perfect if not for that Andy T on the end. We need personal stylists to make sure our photo-ops are perfect. Or maybe we'll just find some Interns. Yes, we need Interns to help us, and not the leftover kind. Andy hated leftovers of all types, particularly typists, Interns, and takeout.

Our stroll finally takes us to the event of the day! Blaine in a Bubble! It was a circus! An event! A happening! But when the Lady said it was spiritual and deep, the Andis chuckled inside. We knew it was only "How People Today are Doing Things." Nothing spiritual or deep about it.

Alas, like our table at brunch, we waited in line like everyone else to get our picture taken with the man in the bubble. We were patient and kind to strangers who would ask us what we were doing, even though we ourselves didn't quite know. But they kept asking, and we kept thinking we needed to have an answer. Hmmm.

Marco Paparazzo said that we were "Blurring the Line Between Consumptive Art and Consumption of Art." Hmmmm.

After 45 patient minutes in line (what idiots stand that long in line, anyway?), the line suddenly stopped. Why? Emergency leak or some sort of freak Gary Larson Far Side moment? No. It was only dress rehearsal, so to speak, for the next night's show on ABC freeing the water-logged Blaine in a Bubble. We waited for another 1/2 hour in hopes that the line would proceed. Andis got antsy, and our patience wore thin. Finally, despite a four to one mock vote (it is a democracy, after all!) in favor of leaving (see photo below to find out which Andi didn't want to go), we left. Who would have thought that the craziest photo-op of the day would be defeated by the need to get the right camera angle?
Ultimately, we're just having fun. It was a lovely day for a stroll.

More Stroll photos here.

Val Solanas and the Andi Warholas welcome you to our world.
We hope you eventually join in on the fun.