Thursday, August 3, 2017

Memoir captures Andy Warhol's final days and how religion influenced the weirdness of the era

By Nick Ripatrazone
"Almost everyone who remained relevant in Andy's life was Catholic," Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni explains, "whether it was Paul Morrissey, Fred Hughes, Bob Colacello, the photographer Christopher Makos and Vincent Fremont." Herve Gloaguen/Getty
We don't know if Andy Warhol got his wish "to be reincarnated as a great big ring on Elizabeth Taylor's finger," but his 1987 memorial service was a spectacle. Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni "hovered and watched" the pageantry; she worked at the Warhol Studio. She was the last employee that Andy had ever hired. After Andy, Fraser-Cavassoni's memoir, is an endlessly quotable romp that captures the melancholy and magnificence of Warhol's final days and legacy. " It is breezy without ever feeling light, channeling Warhol's enigmatic presence. And it is the puzzle at the center of that enigma which Fraser-Cavassoni captures: Warhol's Catholicism. After Andy is an entertaining ride about work, play and the weirdness in-between that creates great art. [More]
"After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land" by Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni