Andy Warhol’s Love Affair with Television

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41715UO3RyLOn the 22nd of February 1987,  Pop artist Andy Warhol suddenly died in his sleep at the age of 59 in NYC – the cause was an undiagnosed arrhythmia following a routine gallbladder operation. In addition to his iconic multimedia work which generally gets all the exposure, Warhol was a highly prolific filmmaker. Between 1963 and 1968, he made over 60 films, as well as around 500 short black-and-white ‘screen test’ portraits of the visitors to his Factory, the name under which his workshops were known. Amongst his famous experimental artistic films were Sleep, which monitored poet John Giorno sleeping for six hours. The 35-minute film Blow Job showed a continuous close-up of the face of DeVeren Bookwalter supposedly receiving oral sex from filmmaker Willard Maas. In Eat we can see a man eating a mushroom for 45 minutes. Yet perhaps the best known of his films…

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