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Andy Warhol
(August 6, 1928 - February 22, 1987) U.S.A.


Pop artist, painter, filmmaker, and society figure


Warhol 1Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as Andrew Warhola jr, his father, Ondrej, came from Czechsolvakia in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavacky Warhola, in 1921.

His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner.

Around some time, the family moves to Pittsburgh, PA. During his teenage years, Andy suffered from several nervous breakdowns.

Overcoming this, he graduates from Schenley High School in Pittsburgh in 1945, and enrolls in the Carnegie Institute of Technology, now Carnegie-Mellon University graduating in June 1949.

Andy Warhol and Lou Reed , New York City, 1978. Photo by Ybet Roberts

After graduation, he moved to New York City, and his early jobs were doing drawings for Glamour. He also drew advertising for various magazines, including Vogue, Harper's Bazzar, book jackets, and holiday greeting cards. In 1952, his first solo exhibition was held at Hugo Gallery, New York, of drawings to illustrate stories by Truman Capote. It is around this time that he dyes his hair silver.

His pictures of Campbell Soup cans and Coca-Cola bottles made him famous. Also known for his portraits of icons like Marilyn Monroe and of monarchs like the Dutch queen Beatrix.

Andy Warhol and Rupert Smith, Fire Island ferry, Fire Island, New York, Summer 1979. Photo by Bob Colacello

As Warhol's celebrity increased, he attracted an assortment of hangers-on to the "Factory" in New York City-where his films and paintings were created-and began to feature them in his films, often turning his cameras on and letting them ramble.

Among many other things, Andy Warhol was an openly queer person before and after Stonewall who made overtly queer imagery accessible, commercially successful, and beautiful.

And, with the Factory, Warhol created a safe place for an LGBT community that produced icons and pioneers like Marsha P. Johnson, Lou Reed, Candy Darling, Holly Woodlawn, and Joe Campbell.

"Lady Warhol," New York City, May 10, 1981. Photo by Christopher Makos

The impact of Warhol's work, moreover, continues to be felt far beyond the queer community.

Of his famous portrait of Marilyn Monroe, for example, one historian wrote: "Portraiture is almost as old as art itself and one of the most used genres in art-making... It being so commonly used, not many artists can claim to have changed the course of or set a new standard in portraiture, Warhol can."

He died in New York, New York, from lung complications following a routine gall bladder surgery; he was fifty-eight.


Joe Dallesandro and Andy Warhol

TrashAndy Warhol, is the supposed inventor of "famous for being famous"... whether lasting or not. Andy's principal legacy apart from old very empty soup cans was the quote about fifteen minutes of fame for every tom, dick, and harry. That was actually a misquote... I just don't recall the correct version. Maybe there was only one, not three names in that list, and just the second one... Andy tried to convince us lesser mortals that he was a church-going, ascetic asexual artist. I'm not buying any of the three adjectives.

Warhol 2My candidate here is Joe Dallesandro, but any of a number of others could sneak in as well.

A leading contender to fill this slot is Bob Dallesandro, Joe's own brother. Bob committed suicide several years ago, after serving as Andy's driver for a while. Andy's reputation for kink seems deserved. I wonder what Andy did with the choir boys in that church which Bobbie chauffeured him to? Knelt a lot I'm sure.

JoeIn a recent interview Joe says he himself never said anything much to Andy except "Good morning," or "Thank you," when he got his check for being Andy's doorman and bodyguard. He doesn't specify his complete duties as Andy's bodyguard, however. Joe says he did not care for Andy, although he got along somewhat better with Paul Morrisey who did not rip him off quite so badly as Andy did. Apparently Andy and Bob got on famously. Andy chatted up Bob constantly according to Joe. I can see why Andy would be intrigued, although I can't see it in sufficient detail.

Joe had it all over most actors in the pure animal appeal department, as he did just about every man alive. He had a larger talent than most movie hunks with bigger careers. But Joe went off to Europe and became a sensational star. He also made a few dozen movies there, some with major directors. Andy WarholJoe's movies are becoming increasingly available, even the foreign ones, now that the public and the critics are discovering that he had remarkable film presence along with his other spectacular qualities. Now he's all over the net, with even his very own fan club and all. So he is hardly a "forgotten lover." Indubitably he is, or was, a whore, however.

Joe has two about grown-up sons and I have found a pic of Joe with one of them! Hot pic, too. I wonder what the other son looks like. I know almost nothing about Joe Jr. other than what I've just laid out. Any information and/or gossip would be greatly appreciated, as well as an introduction.

Joe has a book which has just been published, Little Joe, Superstar: The Films of Joe Dallesandro. Joe's recent book on his films is to be a lead in to his autobiography which he is apparently working on.


Sources: Wikipedia, the free enciclopedia - http://lgbt-history-archive.tumblr.com/ - et alii

Andy WarholHis Films include:

  • Sleep (1963)
  • My Hustler (1965)
  • Kitchen (1965)
  • Chelsea Girls (1967)
  • Lonesome Cowboys (1968)
  • Flesh (1968)
  • Trash (1970)
  • Heat (1972)
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