Happy 80th Birthday Andy Warhol!

by Rachelle Hruska · August 7, 2008

Andy Warhol may have missed his own 80th Birthday party at the New Museum last night, but the artist, who coined the phrase "15 minutes of fame", would have no doubt seen the irony in this affair. Instead of doing our write up with who was there, what they wore, and what the party was like, etc. (which will come later), I would like to take this time to highlight the artist himself in this amazing video which was part II of an episode of “USA Arts”, from 1966, an NET production, profiles pop art pioneer Warhol (and Roy Lichtenstein, in part I), as he ascends in status in the art world and in popular culture.

This video consists of:

* Interviews with Warhol * footage of him silkscreening in The Factory * a clip from his film “The 13 Most Beautiful Women” (1964) * an interview with Edie Sedgwick * Warhol assembling his mylar balloon ‘paintings’ as the Velvet Underground play “Venus in Furs” (starts at 14:00) * Factory regulars dance