Andy Warhol In Brooks — And Chrome

Last week a chrome statue of Andy Warhol was unveiled in New York’s Union Square. Sculptor Rob Pruitt opted to depict the artist circa 1977 in his Americana uniform of Brooks Brothers blazer and Levi’s 501 jeans.

Writes The New York Times:

Mr. Pruitt’s version of Warhol, which he devised on a computer, is young and beautiful with an uncharacteristically delicate nose and an unusually kempt fright wig. He resembles a taller version of Daniel Radcliffe’s Harry Potter, as well as the sleek preppy young men found in Warhol’s early drawings: the Andy that Andy, famously sensitive about his looks, would have liked to be. He wears the basic Warhol uniform of blazer, button-down shirt and rep tie with jeans and stylish oxfords. A Polaroid camera — impossibly bulky by today’s standards — hangs from his neck, and in his right hand he holds a Bloomingdale’s shopping bag, in which he usually carried copies of Interview, the celebrity magazine he founded in 1969.

10 Comments on "Andy Warhol In Brooks — And Chrome"

  1. NYT’s description of chrome Andy’s clothes omits, understandably, a key detail: Warhol liked to wear plaid shirts with his blazer, jeans and rep ties

  2. Yes, there’s a photo of him in full kit on page 56 of “Jocks and Nerds,” for those who have the book. I was going to scan it but decided to avoid the copyright peccadillo.

  3. Michael J Opie | April 9, 2011 at 5:39 am |

    What’s this moron Warhola got to do with style?

  4. LOuise Church | April 11, 2011 at 5:14 am |

    Mr Chensvold, I totally agree with Mr Opie – what’s the magic in an ugly, talentless pervert? A statue of Richard Nixon would make more pure ‘Ivy’ sense. The tentacles of Warhol’s con-man’s ‘art’ extend beyond the grave.

  5. A statue was unveiled of a famous/infamous American wearing a Brooks Brothers blazer. That has news value.

  6. LOuise Church | April 11, 2011 at 6:50 am |

    Mr Chensvold – how do you know that it is a Brooks Brothers’ blazer?

  7. The news reports indicated so, according to the artist.

  8. Louise Church | April 11, 2011 at 8:40 am |

    Mr Chensvold: The above excerpt doesn’t say Brooks Bros’ blazer, as such; although the reference to the button-down shirt raises an inference that it might be. But only might be.

  9. Ms. Church, while Brooks was not mentioned specifically in the excerpted article, it was mentioned by other news sources:



  10. Louise Church | April 11, 2011 at 3:40 pm |

    It’s ‘Miss’ Church, FYI. ‘Ms’ hasn’t quite got the Ivy touch to it, I feel. The reports seem undecided as to whether it was a blazer or a tweed jacket – some difference, I think. But the question arises whether Andy would have used Brooks at all. There is a lot of bogus history around and it is irresponsible for journalists heedlessly to jump to conclusions without proof. After all, Mr Moron might have gone to Oxxford, for all we know.

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