Andy Warhol, ‘Andy Warhol, Photograph of Liberace circa 1984’, 1984, Hedges Projects

During his fifty-year career of playing music for the world, Liberace embraced a lifestyle of flamboyant excess whether on the stage or in the home. In a 1956 article for British tabloid The Daily Mirror, Liberace was described as “the summit of sex – the pinnacle of masculine, feminine, and neuter… a deadly, winking, sniggering, snuggling, chromium-plated, scent-impregnated, luminous, quivering, giggling, fruit-flavoured, mincing, ice-covered heap of mother love.” As this description suggests, Liberace was often believed to be gay; however, he denied this until his death, which was caused by an AIDS-related illness. Liberace’s lavish lifestyle was portrayed by Michael Douglas in Steven Soderbergh’s 2013 film, Behind the Candelabra, with Matt Damon playing Liberace’s much younger lover, Scott Thorson.
– Pat Hackett, editor of The Warhol Diaries

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About Andy Warhol

Obsessed with celebrity, consumer culture, and mechanical (re)production, Pop artist Andy Warhol created some of the most iconic images of the 20th century. As famous for his quips as for his art—he variously mused that “art is what you can get away with” and “everyone will be famous for 15 minutes”—Warhol drew widely from popular culture and everyday subject matter, creating works like his 32 Campbell's Soup Cans (1962), Brillo pad box sculptures, and portraits of Marilyn Monroe, using the medium of silk-screen printmaking to achieve his characteristic hard edges and flat areas of color. Known for his cultivation of celebrity, Factory studio (a radical social and creative melting pot), and avant-garde films like Chelsea Girls (1966), Warhol was also a mentor to artists like Keith Haring and Jean-Michel Basquiat. His Pop sensibility is now standard practice, taken up by major contemporary artists Richard Prince, Takashi Murakami, and Jeff Koons, among countless others.

American, 1928-1987, Pittsburgh, PA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States