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Andy Warhol’s Business of Art

Aug 6, 2017

Andy Warhol’s Business of Art


“Being good in business is the most fascinating kind of art. Making money is art and working is art and good business is the best art.”

Before social media and the term “influencer,” Andy Warhol transformed his career as an artist into a thriving business by cultivating a carefully curated image. As a result, he defined an era in New York and came to embody an entire artistic movement. The work he produced is some of the most recognizable in cultural history. His many endeavors, including his work with Velvet Underground and at his studio known as The Factory, led to a shift in what it means to be an artist in contemporary society.

In honor of his birthday, we’re focusing on just one of his many enterprises. In the early days of Interview magazine, Andy and his editor, Bob Colacello, spoke with the most important culturally-relevant figures of that time. Since Andy’s not available as an interviewee today, we’ve compiled our favorite examples of his interviewing work. Read below for a peak at what it’s like when one icon sits down with another.

Shelley Duvall

In 1977, Andy sits down with a young Shelley Duvall just months before she began filming The Shining.

Diana Ross

At The Carlyle Hotel, Diana Ross chats with Andy as her single, “Endless Love,” is at the top of the charts.

Truman Capote

Andy and Bob speak to Truman Capote about his favorite restaurants in New York and much more.

Jessica Lange

Long before she became known to a younger generation as part of the American Horror Story cast, Jessica Lange tells Andy how she got her start on screen.

Grace Jones

The legendary Grace Jones tells Andy, accompanied by André Leon Talley, how many furs she owns at the time (Hint: It’s over 30).


Andy talks to Cher about the time Bob Altman saved her from choking on a vitamin.


The Rolling Stones

Three Rolling Stones arrive at The Factory for tea with Andy.

Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton doles out some of her valuable advice way back in 1984.