THROUGH ANDY'S LENS: NEVER BEFORE SEEN WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF PAT HACKETT
Among Andy Warhol's many collaborators, Pat Hackett was one of his longest-lasting. This selection of unique silver gelatin prints comes from the collection of Warhol's collaborator, confidante, and co-author of two decades, the editor of The Andy Warhol Diaries, Pat Hackett.
It comes as no surprise that Andy Warhol constantly had a large entourage around him — he was known for it. The doors of Warhol’s studio, called The Factory, were always revolving as people came and went. What might come as a surprise, however, is how much these people, who were constantly entering and exiting Warhol’s inner circle, actually aided in the development of Warhol’s image and oeuvre. There is especially one person in particular who played a major role in constructing the legacy of Andy Warhol: Pat Hackett.
Oftentimes it is difficult for the public to look past the genius of an individual such as Warhol in order to see what goes on behind the scenes, what propels the achievements of such a person. However, Pat Hackett’s contributions to Warhol’s presence in the celebrity and art worlds today and in history are too significant to pass over. While Warhol had many collaborators throughout his career, Hackett was one of his longest-lasting. She worked for Warhol as his collaborator, confidante, and co-author for two decades.
In those twenty years, she not only appeared in some of Warhol’s works (see Pat Hackett with Banana, 1986), but she also helped Warhol claim the 60s as his decade as well as revealed to the public the inner workings of the genius behind Pop Art. In 1980, Hackett co-authored with Warhol "Popism: The Warhol Sixties." The memoir covers Warhol’s art and film work from throughout the decade, with anecdotes about celebrities and infamous regulars at The Factory. Additionally, Hackett published "The Andy Warhol Diaries" in 1989, two years after the artist’s death. Hackett composed the entire diary from phone sessions she had with Warhol during which he would dictate his daily activities. Hackett transcribed these events and eventually edited them to be published.
Pat Hackett knew Warhol more intimately than many others because of the nature of her work with him. Ultimately, it is Hackett who is responsible for revealing to the world the man behind the artist as well as the life of this man.