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Icon: Andy Warhol

  • Najib Benouar


Take it from icons like Andy Warhol: sometimes all it takes is the right pair of frames and a leather jacket to turn a soft-spoken kid from Pittsburg into art’s biggest start.

And with the recent news that a trove of Warhol’s digital artwork has just been discovered by the Warhol Institute on old floppy disks—thanks in part to an inquisitive Warhol fan and a group of “retrocomputing” enthusiasts at Carnegie Mellon—we were reminded of just how darn stylish the guy was. (Well, he is a Kempt 100 inductee.) There are striped tees, trenches, slim ties with chore jackets... he might as well have just stepped out of a F/W 2014 lookbook in a few of these shots. In other words: it’s the definition of timeless style.

Take a closer look in five more iconic snaps of Andy Warhol, after the jump.»

The Upcoming Art That’s Worth Your While


It hasn’t exactly been “leisurely stroll weather” lately, and it doesn’t look like it’s going to be anytime soon...

But that shouldn’t stop you from making the most of the time you’ve still got to spend indoors. So, we’ve rounded up some of the finest exhibitions and gallery shows opening in the next few months across the globe for your non-alfresco leisurely strolling pleasure.

Here’s how to make the most of your remaining indoor months.»

Eva Longoria Will Not Sit in Santa’s Lap

  • Kempt Staff

Let the Countdown Begin: GQ has begun counting down the 25 most stylish guys of 2012 from last to first. (Meaning there’s still a chance you’re in the top 10.) [GQ]

Who Hash: If watching Big Boi read his version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas doesn’t get you into the holiday spirit, possibly nothing will. [AV Club]

Cash Rules: Now you can own a piece of Andy Warhol art that was once worth at least one dollar, for 300 bucks. [Details]

Throwing Shade: Testing the theory that aviator sunglasses can make anyone badass. Even Abe Lincoln. [Vulture]

Soup for You

A couple weeks ago, we came down pretty hard on the oversaturation of Warhol schwag, namely this giant Campbell’s range hood. Our views on this matter have not changed.

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Warhol’s iconic painting, Campbell’s Soup is distributing its tomato variety in a series of designer, Warhol-inspired cans. We’re told that you can pick up the entire set at Target for the remarkably fair price of $0.75 a can.

In other news, Campbell’s Soup is still in business.

Your Andy Warhol Range Hood Is Making You Look Silly

...for that matter, so is your Andy Warhol watch and your Andy Warhol T-shirt, tote bag, sneakers and snowboard.

You whittled the neighbor’s kid an Andy Warhol big wheel for no particular reason, so it’s safe to say his parents will be keeping a closer eye on you, and you’ve been patiently waiting for just the right woman to come along who will appreciate that Andy Warhol dress you’ve been storing in mothballs for years, along with the hip, snappy alternative, if such a thing exists in the world of old-timey soup can apparel. The problem, of course, is that dates have been ending prematurely of late, ever since you dropped the hammer on the duvet-slash-bedside lamp combo.

This is all to say: take a pass on the Andy Warhol range hood. We’re begging you. Because the Campbell’s Soup schwag is in grave danger of doing to Mr. Warhol what Evita and the Che Guevara shirt did for badass Cubans everywhere.

It’s time to build your own factory.

The Sunglasses of Andy Warhol

Andy Warhol

Now that we’re firmly in sunglasses season, we thought we’d turn our attention to one of the men who established shades as the effortlessly cool item they are today. Andy Warhol, take a bow.

And on the off chance you need to pick up a pair for this summer, we thought we’d run down a few of the man’s favorite frames, with a few glasses frames thrown in for good measure. And naturally, you'll want to know where you can get them...

A tour of Andy Warhol’s favorite frames, and their modern equivalents»

Andy Warhol, Douglas Fairbanks and a French Roulette Table

Christie’s is gearing up for another blowout photography auction, and as always, it makes for great browsing. We’ve pulled together some of the best shots after the jump, including Salvador Dalí, Douglas Fairbanks and a couple tasteful nudes. Fair warning: it may be mildly NSFW if your boss isn’t an art lover.

See the best of the Christie’s photo auction»

Lada Kravchenko Is Working on an Interesting Tan

Positively 4th Street: Would you like to see Bob Dylan stare uncomfortably at a camera for 66 seconds? If so, this Andy Warhol test shot is for you. [Open Culture]

The Long Road: Twenty-nine great pictures from the Iditarod, which finished up earlier this week. [The Big Picture]

Sometimes the Old Ways Are Best: Jaguar is letting its ’50s-era racing models back out onto the track for heritage races. File under: beautiful cars, moving quickly. [Driven]

The High Board: And in the name of promoting Red Bull, some brave soul took a skydive from 71,580 feet up—high enough to see the curvature of the earth. [WBE]

Cris Herrman is Pioneering Topless Yoga

Etiquette Class: The Times shows a little love to the Street Etiquette chaps, limiting themselves to one superfluous Fonzworth Bentley reference. [NYTimes]

The Gullwing Door: Michael Williams takes a spin or two in the new Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG on a rain-slicked test course outside Stuttgart. [Driven]

A Little Paint is a Dangerous Thing: Andy Warhol does strange, unnatural things to a BMW M1. [Secret Forts]

Shining Bright: Perhaps today is the day you buy a 1963 Airstream trailer for $58,000. You never know. [Gear Patrol]

Buying Andy Warhol's Camera


File this one under "Legendary Affectations."

The Polaroid rescussitators at The Impossible Project have come across a trove of Big Shots, a rare camera produced for just two years in the early 70s.

Mostly, it was a favorite tool of Andy Warhol, who took over 250 exhibition snaps with it--including a particularly nice one of Jack Nicklaus. Andy can also currently be seen wearing one around his neck in Lower it's safe to say he was a fan.

The good news: They go on sale at 9am tomorrow morning. The bad news: the Impossible folks were only able to lay their hands on four of the magical devices, so picking one up will leave a serious hole in your watch budget. Decisions, decisions.

Throwing a Shoe


Hoof in Mouth: David Lynch produces predictably terrifying erotica. [Wallpaper]

Black and White: Adam Kimmel channels Andy Warhol with hip, arty results. [Material Interest]

Beck and Call: Beck launches a “record club” for re-recording classic albums, presumably just to infuriate Pitchfork. [Vulture]

Pride of the Yankees: A team shot of the 1927 Yankees pulls down $350,000 at auction. In related news, a camera phone snap of Derek Jeter just sold to TMZ for 18 cents. [Luxist]

Worldwide Pants


We’re on record as cautious observers of Damien Hirst, but after this he might want to stick to embalmed predators.

Labeled as the Damien Hirst x Levi’s x Warhol Factory Collection, these paint-spun jeans are part of a line that should be hitting Barneys in not too many weeks, but to get these pants in particular you’ll have to find your way to one of the silent auctions Hirst is setting up. It’s a clever bit of art/fashion mashing, but as usual, the joke is on you.

They may look good on a wall, but don’t wear them outside.

In the Can


He may lose the hockey mom vote, but it’s a safe bet that Barry is still the favorite among the graphic design crowd. So it’s no surprise the man has better t-shirts.

This one is our pick so far, splitting the difference between Andy Warhol and Shepard Fairey. It’s got more irony than most campaign shirts—after all, who wants to vote for a soup can?—and a little wit goes a long way.

So far they're just online, although you can probably find one in person if you take a stroll through central Williamsburg over the next few weeks. As for a soup can-fueled bump in the polls…we’ll keep you posted.

Joe Knows

  • Jared Paul Stern


While some claim Sotheby's' upcoming Damien Hirst blowout—which is expected to bring in about $120 million—is merely an excuse to clear out a backlog of unsold work from Hirst's London gallery, the bad boy Brit artist insists it actually marks a major turning point in his colorful career.

Titled *Beautiful Inside My Head Forever* and timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the celebrated *Freeze* exhibition which launched his career, Hirst says the sale represents the last of his long-running series of formaldehyde works, spin, and spot paintings, which have become a bit too predictable.

“It's like my friend [late Clash frontman] Joe Strummer once told me about writing songs,” Hirst says. “If you can guess what the rhyme's gonna be in the next line, then it's shit and you've gotta change it.” We couldn't agree more; Hirst's work, turned out by his “factory,” Warhol-style, resembles nothing more then a broken, though very profitable, record at this point. Time for a new gimmick, old boy.