Andy Warhol – Unpacking the Past | ArtThatFits Blog

According to a recent MSNBC story, a team of archivists has been hired for $600,000 from the Andy Warhol foundation (plus a number of other smaller grants), to rifle through the pop artist’s “boxes”, which were used as his method of organization. Apparently, Warhol used to horde everyday items in his home until rooms became overfilled and practically useless.

In the mid 1970’s, a Warhol associate suggested that the artist simply keep a box (or number of boxes) around for him to fill with the items that he would normally toss into one of the rooms in his home. Once the boxes reached capacity, they were simply taped shut & stored. According to the archivists working to unveil Warhol’s past, each box contains an average of 440 items including oozing vintage soup cans, a signed, nude photo of Jackie O, ticket stubs, an old piece of wedding cake {from Caroline Kennedy’s 1986 wedding no less!} and receipts.

The archivists are set to uncover, catalog, photograph, research and possibly preserve each of these random items over the next six years in an effort to piece together artist Andy Warhol’s sordid life. To learn more, watch the video below:


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Filed under: Pop Culture on August 28th, 2009