Andy Warhol's Montauk estate, Eothen, played host to dozens of elite cultural figures throughout the 1970s and 80s. Through his photographs of these retreats, an altogether new perspective of some of the most glamorous figures of his time comes to the fore: famed icons without all
The stark and windy Montauk moors had been a far cry, in the 1970s and 80s, from the silver-emblazoned walls of Andy Warhol’s Factory and the opulent Manhattan clubs and restaurants frequented by his celebrity and artist friends. And yet, this was precisely the appeal of the rough-hewn country estate Warhol co-purchased with his manager and collaborator Paul Morrissey in 1971. Montauk provided an escape from the workaday prestige and profligacy of life among the upper-crust.
Known as Eothen, the 20-acre property played host to a coterie of influential figures, from artists and intellectuals, models, actors, and rock stars to political families and old-money scions. /aristocratic scions. Among its passers-through were Jackie Onassis, her sister, Lee Radziwill, and their children, Mick and Bianca Jagger, Jerry Hall, Liza Minnelli, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Elizabeth Taylor, and fashion designer Halston.
“This you can’t capture in a photograph, no matter how many times you photograph it,” Paul Morrissey said of its inscrutable allure. And yet, this could not have prevented Warhol — who, being known to carry a camera everywhere he went, was attracted to all things elusive — from trying.