Talk:Andy Warhol

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Warhol's IQ[edit]

Andy Warhol's IQ of 86 is posted on // I do not believe that it is correct, and the site does not provide any evidence or explanation. Eistein's IQ of 160 and Marilyn vos Savant of 228 are also suspect. Anyone who has the slightest knowledge of the normal curve knows that 228 is 8 1/2 standard deviations from normal, which is nearly impossible. (talk) 01:23, 12 September 2010 (UTC)Charles Madden

According to this book, it's from an estimate by Stanford Psychologists; Warhol's IQ was never actually tested (at least not to anyone's knowledge.) —Wasabe3543 16:16, 18 November 2010 (UTC)
Well, doesn't that sound patently subjective? I've met and spoken with a well-known member of The Factory gang, one mentioned in this article. I assure you that had such a tidbit presented itself then, that person would have decried it for the ridiculous statement it is. It sounds like the Sanfordites' version of reading the bumps on one's skull. Wordreader (talk) 01:40, 19 January 2011 (UTC)

Einstein's IQ is accurately estimated at 160, and Marilyn vos Savant is believed to have the highest IQ in the world, so with 6 billion people, it's quite possible the highest IQ is 8.5 SDs from the average. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:12, 13 December 2010 (UTC)

There are numerous people with IQs over 200. They are NOT common. There are thousands of them, though. Marilyn vos Savant tests high but is not necessarily an intelligent person. Although it is reasonable that intelligence can be measured some argue that it hasn't been done well at present. Maybe. Reasonably, the best way of regarding intelligence may be what a person has produced. If Beethoven tested with an IQ of 60, he'd still be a genius. I've looked around and cannot find any evidence that Warhol's IQ was ever tested. Gingermint (talk) 03:10, 15 January 2011 (UTC)

IQ without scale is like temperature without scale. Is 40 degrees warm or cold? Someone claiming an IQ over 200 without citing which test that result comes from is probably trying to overinflate him/herself, despite that number being high on any scale. As far as I know, Marilyn vos Savant's IQ of 200+ is based on a test from when she was a child. Continuing to claim that as her IQ is like someone saying that her car is extremely technologically advanced, despite the fact that it's a 1986 model and has been obsolete for 25 years (after all, it WAS advanced at the time). Andy Warhol doesn't seem to have a legitimate source to his IQ of 86, so it's probably not true. The further an IQ gets from 100, the more inaccurate it becomes. Someone guessing that number based on no real test if nothing but fluff. (talk) 19:43, 2 September 2011 (UTC)

However, IQ is not necessarily representative of genius in fields where there is an emphasis in talent such as: design, music, traditional art, etc. In fact, the term, "idiot savant", is given to those with low IQ scores despite a high amount of talent in a particular field. Also, though there is no "proof" that Andy Warhol's IQ was an 86, Gore Vidal once said that "Andy Warhol is the only genius I've ever known with an I.Q. of 60", suggesting that though Warhol may not have been the sharpest mind, he was, indeed, an artistic genius. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Cftx93 (talkcontribs) 06:36, 21 November 2012 (UTC)

It was even lower than that. His IQ was 28. I saw the papers from his psychologist myself. I used to change his diapers and spoon-feed him at The Factory from 1965 to 1966. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:06, 3 July 2014 (UTC)

Edit request from, 16 September 2010[edit]

{{edit semi-protected}} I would like to add two pf my photographs of Andy to this site (one in my studio - formal and second at the factory - Red1 (of 4) image. You may contact me and I can email you the images / now also in the Tel Aviv Museum of Art. <> ..... Best always, Curtis (talk) 17:46, 16 September 2010 (UTC)

  • You need to register an account in order to upload files. Once you register - you need to wait a few days for your account to confirm. Then you can upload your images to wikipedia (if you took them, then set the owner to self, and don't forget to select a license.). Then all you have to do it is add them to the article. Crazysane (T/C\D) 18:12, 16 September 2010 (UTC)


One question, if any of you Andy Warhol experts out there know about it, why a soup can? I mean seriously? Can you answer that for me? Why did he paint a soup can instead of maybe a sunset on the water or something like that? CamrynRocks! Why not? 01:25, 29 September 2010 (UTC) —Preceding unsigned comment added by CamrynRocks! (talkcontribs)

  • He liked soup, I guess. TheRasIsBack! 23:22, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

Because its extremely iconic and american. Same reason he painted Marilyn Monroe. She was an icon. He liked very iconic simple things that are seen everyday that everyone can recognize. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:35, 11 January 2011 (UTC)

Exploring the visual aspects of an item we normally overlook as mundane giving us a fresh viewpoint? Wordreader (talk) 01:24, 19 January 2011 (UTC)


I think is important say, that Andy Warhol had Rusyns (Ruethens) roots. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:18, 17 October 2010 (UTC)


Neutral point of view: please change "Yoko Ono also made an appearance." to "Yoko Ono, John Richardson, and Nicholas Love were speakers." Source is a copy of the funeral program here -- bio link for Yoko Ono already present -- bio link for John Richardson is here -- could not find bio link to Nicholas Love Basilrose (talk) 08:06, 18 December 2010 (UTC)

The Last Supper Cycle[edit]

A link to Warhol's Last Supper paintings and prints is and Pity there's no separate page on that. alexanderiolas (talk) 22:04, 24 March 2011 (UTC)

First solo exhibition and first MoMA group exhibition[edit]

Warhol's first solo exhibition was at the Hugo Gallery (June 16 – July 3, 1952) showing the Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote. His first group show at the MoMA, NY was in 1955. The sources for that are:,,,, alexanderiolas (talk) 02:59, 25 March 2011 (UTC)

Lead is weak and does not conform to Wikipedia guidelines[edit]

According to the Wikipedia style guidelines:

"The lead should be able to stand alone as a concise overview of the article. It should define the topic, establish context, explain why the subject is interesting or notable, and summarize the most important points—including any prominent controversies."

There were numerous controversies involving Andy Warhol during his life, none of which are made reference to in the lead to this article.

I also think that the lead would benefit from including a summary of the cultural impact of Warhol's work, as this is surely important and yet is not mentioned.

At present, any reader would not learn anything of interest from the lead, and would therefore be unlikely to investigate the article further, which is a shame.

In accordance with the Wikipedia style guidelines, I tried to add a summary of Warhol's cultural impact and significant controversies to the lead a few weeks ago, however my amendments were undone by Freshacconci with the explanation "This is discussed within the article; lede should be a general overview."

Rather than attempt to amend the lead again myself, I would request that somebody else has a go at bringing it in line with Wikipedia's style guidelines, which at present it falls well short of. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:22, 13 August 2011 (UTC)

LGBT categories[edit]

Removal These are not supported by the text or any citations--the speculation that he was a homosexual is not warrant for adding them, especially considering that he was likely a life-long virgin and his family denies that he was gay. —Justin (koavf)TCM☯ 09:17, 15 September 2011 (UTC)

This entire discussion-page has apparently been wiped clean. If you look at its history, you will find an extensive debate about AW's sexuality, including sources, peer-reviewed research, and personal contributions to this page by acclaimed AW-researchers, all showing AW was indeed a homosexual. In contrast, counter-claims that he was not, were never backed up appropriately. AW's sexuality is constantly questioned by certain users of Wikipedia, though. Which is the reason why you need certain permissions to edit this article now. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 23:04, 3 October 2011 (UTC)
Also, speculation that he was a life-long virgin, does not make him one retroactively. (It also does not make him heterosexual, as you seem to think. Neither does unsourced speculation by his family.) Under "Sexuality" it said that AW was "quite likely a virgin" with a source. I've checked that source (Dillinger, Jane Daggett (2001). The Religious Art of Andy Warhol. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. pp. 16–17. ISBN 9780826413345. Retrieved April 7, 2010.). Nowhere on those pages, any remark about AW's sexuality is made. I've therefore removed the statement as vandalism. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 23:24, 3 October 2011 (UTC)
I think you need to read the source again. In the middle of page 16 is an excerpt from a 1980 interview where AW says he is still a virgin. Bob Colacello was present at the interview and said he thought AW was in fact a virgin. I will make the reversion. Mamalujo (talk) 20:53, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
One source claims he stated he was a virgin? This does not mean we can state that he was "likely" a virgin as other sources contradict this. And exactly what do we mean by "virgin"? Having had no sexual encounters at all? This is unlikely, again considering other sources. If he did say this he either meant it in a tongue-in-cheek manner or he was perhaps referring to straight sex. In any case, we cannot state anything is "likely" based on one source. freshacconci talktalk 21:07, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I looked at the linked source and cannot find this reference. It's hard to read in google books: what exactly does it say? I find this whole thing dubious as the writer of that article seems to have some sort of agenda at play and we may have to treat it under WP:UNDUE and at least mention that this one source makes this extraordinary claim. The stuff about his family is unsourced. Virtually all writing on Warhol discusses his sexuality: even if he was celibate that does not mean he wasn't gay. freshacconci talktalk 21:16, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I've restored the categories as these should never have been removed. This was discussed in detail here. One source making a claim does not undo many sources claiming the opposite. freshacconci talktalk 21:25, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

Now I'm confused. I've looked at page 16 of the source provided and I see no mention of this interview where he claims to be a virgin. Elsewhere in the same book (I believe page 33) it clearly states that he is gay (the priest in his church refers to him as such and the text makes no effort to contradict this). Can someone clarify this? What am I missing? We can't keep "likely" in the text; it's absurd for an encyclopedia to state "likely" on such flimsy sourcing. freshacconci talktalk 21:34, 4 October 2011 (UTC)

I'd agree with you that the "likely" may be unencyclopedic, unless that is the consensus view of informed, RS biographers. I'm going to edit to comport better with the source. Bob Colacello, who was present at the interview, said he believed it was the case and that whatever sex WH had was probably "a mixture of voyeurism and masturbation - to use his [Andy's] word abstract". The link to the pertinent page is here [1]. Mamalujo (talk) 22:54, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I have checked the Google books version again, as well as my paper copy of "the religious art of AW". There is no excerpt from a 1980 interview on page 16-17, no reference to AW's sexuality either. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 22:58, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
From page 33 of 'the religious art of AW': Father Matazzuro speculated that "Warhol was bonding with a God and a Christ above and beyond the church"; he remarked that Warhol's life-style was "absolutely irreconcilable" with the teachings of the Catholic Church. Many gay men, he said, were in his congregation in spite of the fact that he preached the Catholic Church's opposition to homosexual practices frequently. This is from an interview by Jane Dagget Dillenberger with Fr. Sam Matarazzo, February 20, 1994. In other words, the prior of AW's church St. Vincent is a source that AW was gay. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 22:58, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
The "Religious beliefs" part of the article is starting to grow with random facts, seemingly meant to "prove" AW was religious and not gay. This all over again… As a result, the "personal life" part of the text is not balanced, has too much emphasis and random info. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 22:58, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
If we are to include the reference to him being a "virgin" we have to be careful about wording it so we don't claim it as a fact. We should probably use direct quotes and indicate that this is one source making the claim based on an interview and Colacello's onw theories. He says "technically a virgin" and then goes on to say "what little sex he had". A little sex is still sex and it's not up to us to decide what counts as sex. Voyeurism and masturbation may not count for teenage boys but if that was the nature of Warhol's sexuality, so be it, but it doesn't necessarily mean he was a virgin or that he wasn't gay. As for the growing religious section somehow "proving" he wasn't gay, I agree with Namdnal Siroj. We can't be synthesizing things here. One source is making a minority claim and we need to treat it that way. We can use it but with caution. freshacconci talktalk 23:05, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
@Namdnal Siroj. Clearly, a person can be both religious and gay, as AW apparently was. With regard to the subject source, please see my last post, I have a link to the page (16). I believe there are at least two editions of the book, 1998 and 2001. I've linked to the later. Maybe the earlier version doesn't have the subject material. The material is proper and should be included. There may be other RSs who opine that WH was more sexually active than this source does, and it may be appropriate to include their opinion as well. It is perfectly appropriate for Wikipedia to include various viewpoints from differing RSs. @Freshacconci I tend to agree with you. I'm going to edit to comport with the source, not state it as unequivocal fact. I believe there are other sources that opine that he was more sexually active. As I said, if they are RS maybe they should be included, too. As to the section on his religion, I don't think it is POV pushing - it's just biographical and reflected in his art to varying degrees. Wilde and Dali had similar biographies with regard to sexuality and religion. Mamalujo (talk) 23:12, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
@Mamalujo. There is continuous editing in this article that is pushing POV, IMO. I wasn't referring to any specific edit, or to yours. It has been going on for years, and has lead to deterioration of the article's quality. However, you strongly emphasizing that AW was a virgin, makes me a bit suspicious, yes, because it reminds me of earlier arguments that "AW could not have been gay if he was a virgin". If you wanted to, you might take away my suspicion, by elaborating on why you think this one off-the-cuff remark by Collacello is so important. As @Freshacconci said a few years ago: No serious AW-researcher would want to deny that AW was gay, not even the religious ones. @Freshacconci and you will agree with me: No serious AW-researcher would want to deny that AW was religious, not even the atheist ones. To me, AW's religious beliefs as well as his sexuality are intricate aspects of his work, and deserve better than to be the subject of another edit war. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 23:48, 4 October 2011 (UTC) Namdnal Siroj (talk) 23:53, 4 October 2011 (UTC)
I think this ends the virgin-debate (and maybe also the gay debate LOL) -> In 1960 Warhol was hospitalised for four days in early December "for an aggravating sexually transmitted condition, condylomata, or anal warts, which required surgery.", source is Tony Scherman and David Dalton, Pop: The Genius of Andy Warhol (HarperCollins Publishers, 2009) as per and Namdnal Siroj (talk) 00:14, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
BTW, is a great Google-searchable source, with all kinds of references and quotes to AW's (homo)sexuality, making it easy to find their original sources. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 00:28, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
If true, the medical treatment would certainly tend to disprove AW's assertion of virginity. I've included the material. I think AW's assertion of virginity would be notable and should be included even if he wasn't being truthful, was being ironic or had some other motive. I've included both in the section. Mamalujo (talk) 00:58, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
This is exactly the kind of deterioration in quality that I'm talking about. You are not writing a coherent piece of information, but adding a collection of rather random, contradicting minority opinions and facts. In terms of his sexuality, Colacello saying something one time, or a source saying he had anal warts, is just too random and specific in relation to the rest of the article. The article deserves more direction on subjects like this. I agree that his sexuality has ambiguous aspects, which is interesting to add, but not in the form you are doing now. I have replaced your specific remarks with (the start of) a more general piece of text. Let me know your opinion. Namdnal Siroj (talk) 12:16, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
I wrote a more general paragraph about his sexuality, which reflects the (scientific) consensus. I think something (general) could be added about his presumed "asexuality" in later years, but didn't know how to word it. The consensus is that he more or less "retreated" sexually, in his mature life, which is backed up by witness-accounts of AW as a "voyeur" and by statements published under his name e.g. "not having sex is more exciting than having sex" (which was actually written by or with Brigid Polk, AFAIK). Joris Landman (talk) 13:21, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
The problem with your "scientific" edit is that it is not at all what the source says. Indeed, it seems to contradict the source you have cited as support. There may be reliable authorities which would reconcile that source with your edit and if there are, they should be cited in support of the edit you want to include. The sentence you added may very well be true and may even be the "scientific" consensus (whatever that means), in which case you should have reliable sources to support it. Mamalujo (talk) 17:58, 5 October 2011 (UTC)
Your suggestion: When interviewed in 1980 he indicated that he was still a virgin - biographer Bob Colacello who was present at the interview felt it was probably true and that what little sex he had was probably "a mixture of voyeurism and masturbation - to use his [Andy's] word abstract".[77] Warhol's assertion of of virginity would seem to be contradicted by an incident recounted by one biographer, his hospital treatment in 1960 for condylomota, a sexually transmitted disease.[78]
My suggestion: As with all aspects of his personal life, Warhol created confusion around his sexual preferences, by telling—and by not denying—contradicting stories and gossip, for instance that he was still a "virgin"[77] or that he was married.
Vote?Namdnal Siroj (talk) 00:12, 6 October 2011 (UTC)
The point I'm making, which you did not react to: why do you consider your specific sources (Colacello's off-the-cuff remark and a mention of anal warts) as more important to the quality and content of this article, than a more general description of his sexuality (that follows general consensus and your general POV)? Namdnal Siroj (talk) 00:07, 6 October 2011 (UTC)

"Commercial Art" section to move to an "Early life and work" section and separate it from his Exhibitions/Factory work[edit]

'Commercial art' is the 'Applied arts', a definition for creative services 'referring to art created for commercial purposes, primarily advertising' and not exhibiting in fine art galleries.

At this point the 'commercial' and the 'fine art' sections, have both references to his advertising work and to his exhibitions, not making clear how one is distinct from the other, making it even more confusing with the overlapping dates.

Trek qo (talk) 21:30, 11 November 2011 (UTC)

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Homophobia in marginalization of subject of AW's sexuality[edit]

I've posted this as a new thread, because it pertains to the very structure of this article and also to the editing problems that have crippled the page's development. Treating Warhol's sexuality as an "LGBIT" issue, separate from general discussions of his work and separate from how this entry should be structured replicates some of the biggest problems in this article.

I am Jennifer Doyle, one of the co-editors of Pop Out, and author of several peer reviewed scholarly essays on the subject of gender, sexuality and Andy Warhol. I am a Professor at the University of California, and it seems I am one of the few Warhol scholars who bothers with the Wikipedia mosh pit. I review scholarship on Warhol and Pop for university presses. As I wrote here years ago (in a thread which seems long gone): Andy Warhol was gay. There are quite a few citations in that sexuality section which direct readers to good sources for learning about Warhol's biography - and for learning about the place of Warhol's work in LGBIT studies. The declarations that Warhol was "a virgin", "asexual" or whatever are either serious misreadings of his own CAMPY assertions of his virginity or they are downright homophobic erasures of the homosexuality of one of the most famous gay men to have ever walked this earth. The latter is no exaggeration.

Andy Warhol's sexuality should be acknowledged in the opening paragraph. It is not minor to understanding his work, his biography or his importance - and the marginalization of his homosexuality does a real disservice to young LGBIT people who want to learn about LGBIT history. Warhol is one of the most famous gay men to have ever lived - and I mean famous not only as an artist, but famous for his flamboyancy and openness regarding his queerness. Doing so would allow readers interested in this to then look for the section that addresses the subject head-on.

The discussion of a story about him having VD is just plain wrong - and I mean here it is wrong as a way of initiating any discussion of "proof" of his homosexuality. It's offensive.

Obviously this page (which is actually better than it used to be) needs to be brought under control, its quality improved so that editing of it can be restricted to people are responsible and not homophobic. I agree with wikipedia editors - it is not yet a "good article." — Preceding unsigned comment added by Judyholliday (talkcontribs) 16:41, 1 February 2012 (UTC)

Gay men at that time and still today can have gay sex in a variety of forms and practices but still are considered virgins by themselves and others if they have not had anal sex. And yet a great percentage of gay couples never have anal sex. This article mentions a claim he was masturbating voyeur. It doesn't mention if he kissed guys. Did he slip them tongue? You see how ridiculous it is to talk about masturbatory voyeurism regarding this business of which sexual acts he did or didn't have with other men? The article states that Warhol said he agreed he was too much of a "swish". Was he talking about techniques for washing dishes? Of course not, he was saying he was too effeminately gay for these other artists. Tomandzeke (talk) 02:02, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Edit request on 25 February 2012[edit]

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TO AD Under Section: Movies about Warhol: Dramatic Portrayals

Andy Warhol is a main character in the surreal sketch show, Noel Fielding's Luxury Comedy, and is portrayed by Tom Meeteen.


Lucyemilie (talk) 09:31, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

X mark.svg Not done Wikipedia is not a reliable source. GFOLEY FOUR!— 17:21, 25 February 2012 (UTC)

Photo caption[edit]

Please change infobox caption: Andy Warhol by Jack Mitchell -to- Andy Warhol and 'Archie'; 1973 photo by Jack Mitchell (or similar phrasing).
Clearly, Warhol wanted Archie in the shot (perhaps to give him his "15 minutes of fame"?). Note: this could be 'Amos', but Amos is described as "light brown", whereas Archie was dark brown; and [source 2] describes the photo used here as "[this] photo of Warhol and Archie was taken in 1973 by photographer Jack Mitchell".

1) Andy Warhol: Man's Best Friend; Vincent Fremont, Artnet; ~Eric F (talk) 18:54, 22 April 2012 (UTC)19:30, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
2) The Long and Short of it All: A Dachshund News Magazine;Dachshunds in Pop Culture: Andy Warhol19:34, 22 April 2012 (UTC)

Done. Rothorpe (talk) 20:22, 22 April 2012 (UTC)
Set "answered=yes" -- I am ~Eric F (talk) (presently on borrowed computer, old computer crashed). (talk) 08:39, 25 April 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 29 April 2012[edit]

A citation was needed at the end of the first paragraph under the 1960s heading. I believe the citation was needed to justify the claim that Andy Warhol and John Giorno met for the first time at the Stable Gallery exhibit. I have found a very useful source that supports this claim. Thank you, and I hope it is taken on board.

Paul.najs (talk) 15:52, 29 April 2012 (UTC)

Done I have added the citation. Thank you! ~Adjwilley (talk) 02:07, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 4 May 2012[edit]

This paragraph needs to be edited for grammatical errors: As a teenager, Warhol graduated from Schenley High School in the year 1945. Though not medically diagnosed, Andy had dyslexia, that contributed to broadening his imagination for art. He perceive differently from other artists, who did not have this disorder challenge, that was somewhat of a underlying gift. After graduating from high school, his intentions were to study art education at the University of Pittsburgh in the hopes to become an art teacher but his plans changed to enrolling in the Carnegie Institute of Technology and pursue a art career as a commercial illustrator. In 1949, he earn a Bacholar of Fine Arts in graphic design.

Please consider replacing it with: As a teenager, Warhol graduated from Schenley High School in the year 1945. Though not medically diagnosed, Andy had dyslexia, which contributed to broadening his imagination for art. He perceived the world differently from other artists, who did not have this disorder, which was somewhat of a underlying gift. After graduating from high school, his intentions were to study art education at the University of Pittsburgh in hopes of becoming an art teacher, but his plans changed to enrolling in the Carnegie Institute of Technology to pursue an art career as a commercial illustrator. In 1949, he earned a Bacholar of Fine Arts in Graphic Design. (talk) 05:20, 4 May 2012 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done I've also reinserted the links to the high school and CIT, and fixed the spelling of Bachelor. If I've missed anything, let me know! --joe deckertalk to me 02:24, 10 May 2012 (UTC)

Edit Request: drawing made by Warhol when he was 10 or 11[edit]

In the article it says, "In April 2012 a sketch of 1930s singer Rudy Vallee thought to be drawn by Andy Warhol was found at a Las Vegas garage sale. The image is believed to have been drawn when Andy was 9 or 10.[74]"

This is UTTERLY RIDICULOUS. (And I say this as a recognized and widely-published expert in art connoisseurship.)

The drawing appears to be totally real as it has since been proven that Andy Warhol did sign early sketches using the name Warhol. This is clearly documented through trusted sources. The drawing has changed the way people view Andy Warhol's early work. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheArtMaster (talkcontribs) 17:46, 10 August 2013 (UTC)

Doesn't anyone think it's odd that the owner constantly talks about "authentication boards" and "experts" and yet none of these experts is ever named? OK, I am not an expert in Warhol, but if someone were to discover an important early work by an artist whose work I study and I were to confirm its authenticity, I would certainly be proud of it. Find a recognized Warhol expert who says it's real. You won't.

Doesn't anyone think it's odd that the value of the item has been so firmly established? I mean, it's so unlike any other "Warhol" (or it would be, if it were a Warhol) that the value is impossible to pin down. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Llibreter1 (talkcontribs) 08:24, 11 May 2012 (UTC)

Andy Warhol's brother Paul has since denied that the sketch was by Andy Warhol. See: — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 12:35, 31 May 2012 (UTC)

It is SHEER INCOMPETENCE on the part of wikipedia's editors that mention of the probable authenticity of this totally debunked drawing still appears on the page. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Llibreter (talkcontribs) 18:07, 5 June 2012 (UTC)

I have reworded the passage to indicate that the provenance of the image is disputed. Rivertorch (talk) 22:21, 8 March 2013 (UTC)
Note: This was in reply to multiple comments, one of which was removed by its author. For context, see this version. Rivertorch (talk) 18:08, 9 March 2013 (UTC) Patrick Smiths opinion is its a fake. — Preceding unsigned comment added by AWarthol (talkcontribs) 12:25, 09 March 2013 (UTC)

Doesn't anyone think it's a bit odd that this drawing, allegedly made when Warhol was 10 or 11, is signed "Andy Warhol", an assumed name the artist didn't use until he was in his 20s? Leonard Kessler - Andy Warhol's childhood friend has signed pictures from the early 1940s signed Andy Warhol. Also, Nick Kish was given a painting in 1942 signed A. Warhol. Everything points to the Rudy Vallee sketch being completely genuine. — Preceding unsigned comment added by TheArtMaster (talkcontribs) 08:07, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

This talk page is for discussing improvement to the article. Please respect that, please try to keep comments chronological, and please make sure you're editing from only one account. Rivertorch (talk) 21:39, 11 August 2013 (UTC)

Add Details to Section about His Death[edit]

I found the information about his death, and particularly the cause, to be lacking in details. I suggest adding / revising the following text in lieu of the first paragraph in the section:

"One of Andy Warhol’s last public appearances was in Italy, where he attended the opening of the exhibition of his Last Supper Series on January 22, 1987. Suffering from a gall bladder infection, he returned to the United States. In the days to follow, Warhol went to see Linda Li of Li Chiropractic Healing Arts Clinic for a massage. Warhol experienced severe pain following the massage, and he consulted with Dr. Linda Burke on February 14, 1987. A sonogram indicated that his gall bladder was enlarged. A second sonogram five days later showed similar results.

Warhol checked into the New York Hospital on Friday, February 20 under the name of Bob Robert. Surgery was performed the next day, from 8:45 am to 12:10 pm (EST). After the surgery, Warhol spent 3 hours in recovery then was taken to a private room. At 4 am on February 22nd, Warhol's blood pressure was recorded as stable, but at 5:45 am, Warhol turned blue and his pulse had weakened. His private nurse could not wake him, and she called for assistance. The hospital staff tried for 45 minutes to resuscitate him. Andy Warhol was pronounced dead at 6:32 a.m. on February 22, 1987, dying in his sleep from a sudden post-operative cardiac arrhythmia.[40] He was 58 years old.

Prior to his diagnosis and operation, Warhol delayed having his recurring gallbladder problems checked, as he was afraid to enter hospitals and see doctors. His family sued the hospital for inadequate care, saying that the arrhythmia was caused by improper care and water intoxication.[41]"

One source for this additional information is: — Preceding unsigned comment added by Benacche (talkcontribs) 05:09, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 3 June 2012[edit]

There is a quote from Warhol in the "1960s" section that doesn't have quotation marks around it. Adding quotation marks would make it clear that this is a quote from Warhol and not text written by the author.

AFFEAFFE (talk) 19:52, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Done The Manual of Style deprecates the use of quotation marks for block quotes. The text in question is set in a smaller font and indented, which should make its status as a quotation clear; however, the banana image does make the indentation hard to see at the top of the quotation. So I'm moving that image to the right side, which should fix the problem. (It does on my browser, anyway.) Rivertorch (talk) 05:50, 4 June 2012 (UTC)

Edit request on 2 July 2012[edit]

Remove rather pointless "Overview" heading, so that the "overview" paragraph becomes part of the presently too-short lead. (talk) 01:35, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

I like the idea. Bus stop (talk) 01:45, 2 July 2012 (UTC)
Done (and split into an additional paragraph for readability). Rivertorch (talk) 22:18, 2 July 2012 (UTC)

Warhol's Real Cause of Death[edit]

Warhol's real cause of death was Aids. I know because i saw his death certificate. At the time i worked at the NYC Health Department in the office where all births, deaths and related matters are processed. It was the height of the Aids crisis hysteria and each week all deaths classified as Aids were separated out and inspected for anything unusual. I had access to this material and distinctly recall seeing Warhol's death certificate there. Step up to the plate, Wiki. I'm sure a copy of the certificate can be obtained through the freedom of information act so you can consider this posting to be verifiable by an external source. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:08, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Big claim considering you have no sources --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 01:54, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

I think that this is a personal opinion[edit]

I think that the following paragraph in the article is not appropriate for an encyclopaedia:

Though not medically diagnosed, Andy may have had dyslexia, which might have contributed to the broadening of his imagination for art and as a result to have perceived the world differently.

My suggestion is to mention the dyslexia, but to remove the "which might have contributed to the broadening of his imagination for art and as a result to have perceived the world differently" part.

Thanks! — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 06:53, 9 November 2012 (UTC)

Well, it is speculation, even if it's a rather common speculation found in many places. For the time being, I've removed the part you suggested removing and tagged what remains, but a quick Google search suggests it should be sourceable—maybe even the part I removed. I'll try to poke around a bit and see what I can find in the next few days, unless someone else gets to it first. Rivertorch (talk) 07:17, 9 November 2012 (UTC)


I find it odd that the article's sections jump straight from 1949 to the 1960s without a section for the 1950s, the decade between his college graduation and him becoming widely famous. Didn't anything happen in those 10 years? Paper Luigi TC 02:51, 29 April 2013 (UTC)

I think I may have found what happened to it here. Paper Luigi TC 06:17, 30 April 2013 (UTC)
That's exactly right. Good detective work! I put most of it back in, shifting some of it around a bit and retaining the current section headings. Rivertorch (talk) 15:56, 30 April 2013 (UTC)

documentary on Andy Warhol. Edit request on 25 July 2013[edit]

Hello, I am suggesting to add information on an experimental documentary about Andy Warhol under the heading number "10 Movies about Warhol" as follows: Visions of Warhol by Jonas Mekas, Willard Maas and Marie Menken. Scenes from the life of Andy Warhol, as seen by three pioneer avant-garde filmmakers and close friends of the Pop artist, with Allen Ginsberg, John Lennon, Yoko Ono, Mick Jagger... And add the following link as a source there you can see film extracts, read more about the film and also purchase the DVD of the film.

Thank you for considering this change to the article! /elenatyu Elenatyu (talk) 15:44, 25 July 2013 (UTC) Elenatyu (talk) 15:44, 25 July 2013 (UTC)

Not done for now: The documentary sounds interesting and may be noteworthy, but I'm uncomfortable with the source, which contains little information about the film and is prominently promotional in nature. Have any books, periodicals, or web sites with editorial oversight discussed the film, by any chance? Rivertorch (talk) 06:40, 26 July 2013 (UTC)

The birthplace of brother Paul[edit]

"Pavol (Paul), the oldest, was born in Slovakia"

That's simply nonsense. Apart from the Nazi puppet state during WWII (1939-45), Slovakia didn't exist before 1992. It's not mentioned where and when Paul was born but Andy's birthplace (Mikó) didn't belong to the territory of the Nazi state anyway. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:22, 27 October 2013 (UTC)

Perhaps it wasn't quite nonsense, but certainly it was sloppy wording. Thanks for pointing it out. I have fixed it. Rivertorch (talk) 05:18, 28 October 2013 (UTC)

The claim of Paul being born ("(born June 26, 1922)") in "Slovakia" (or as it now reads, "before the family emigrated") is additionally contradicted by this very article which states that "Warhol's father immigrated to the United States in 1914, and his mother joined him in 1921"

Furthermore, why are Paul and John given Slovak names ("Pavol (Paul), the oldest, was born before the family emigrated; Ján was born in Pittsburgh."), when 1) both were born in the U.S., and 2) the family's mother tongue was not Slovak, but Carpatho-Rusyn?

You may wish to update the article to indicate that Paul died on January 29, 2014.

citation information (as requested in article)[edit]

Under Works: Producer & Product, there is confirmation Wikipedia can presumably cite as to his appearance in such things as Saturday Night Live and the movie Dynamite Chicken at , specifically . Under "Filmography" there, pull down the lists of "Archive Footage" and "self" credits.

Under Works: Music, there is plenty of confirmation of the artistic falling-out between Warhol and Lou Reed (with explanations) in the compendium of obituaries, assessments and reminiscences of Reed right after his death, posted on and around October 30, 2013, and which fill much of that week's print edition of The Village Voice.

I'm sure it's equally easy to find citations for many other facts where there's "citation requested." But it's probably quicker for a person with editing rights to this article (currently locked) to do that than for readers like me to "play telephone" by trying to explain them here for such a person.-- (talk) 05:18, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

You're probably right, but the article doesn't have many active editors at present, and some of us have little time for anything other than keeping the vandals at bay. You might consider registering an account, which will (when it's autoconfirmed) allow you to edit the article yourself; registration is fast, free, and without drawbacks. Alternatively, you could provide a few links, which perhaps someone watching would be able to use. (We actually don't use imdb for inline citations because so much of its content is user-generated and without editorial oversight.) Rivertorch (talk) 19:23, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

lead paragraph needs "artists, musicians, and actors" in list of who was the Factory[edit]

I think it borders on the ridiculous to take time to list "distinguished intellectuals, drag queens, playwrights, Bohemian street people, Hollywood celebrities, and wealthy patrons" in the lede paragraph as integral to the Factory, unless the list also includes artists, musicians, actors, and probably boyfriends.

David Byrne, David Bowie, Yoko Ono, Lou Reed, Joe Dallesandro, Patti Smith, James Rosenquist, George Segal, Brian Eno, and many other people of significance in the graphic and performing arts made the Factory what it was.

The entire sentence is a misleading disservice, so long as it portrays the Factory as including only writers, besides wannabes and consumers of art. (Not just a disservice to the reader, but it's kind of an insult to Warhol to imply that it included mostly cultural lightweights and parasites rather than creators of art.) -- (talk) 05:31, 12 November 2013 (UTC)

This isn't quite fair, it was an image they made efforts to perpetuate in the films. Also parasites is a very harsh word to draw from that list (for instance, drag queens and Hollywood celebrities would be covered by acting, which is a difficult profession, as well as one Warhol relied on) and Bohemian street people covers all sorts of people who would have visited the Factory (including his hangers on) plus there's no doubting that without the patrons the Factory wouldn't have been able to sustain itself. It's also fits stylistically very well with the image Warhol has. that said, a category could work, one that is attached to all those names, as well as those more commonly associated with the Factory, or maybe a list within the Factory page --Drowninginlimbo (talk) 01:51, 18 March 2014 (UTC)

Warhol's Last Will and Testament[edit]

This article currently contains nothing about the very well-publicised {and entirely notable) difficulties surrounding his last will and testament - see

This area of study is an important facet in the discussion about Andy Warhol, his life, his death and his place in wider society.

I cannot add anything as the article is closed to making any edits or additions.

Would whoever has closed the article to editing please therefore do something about it?

Thank you. (talk) 17:13, 23 March 2014 (UTC)

Feel free to propose an addition to the article. It would help if you'd provide the exact wording you'd like to add. Rivertorch (talk) 04:45, 24 March 2014 (UTC)

Exploding Plastic Inevitable[edit]

Hello, Why "Exploding Plastic Inevitable" is placed in the "artworks"? It is not a painting!!! Theartmad (talk) 05:45, 11 August 2014 (UTC)

  • I don't know if this is a serious comment or not, but art can be things other than paintings. Maybe click on the article and learn about it. freshacconci talk to me 18:36, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Please someone edit the profanity.[edit]

My account is new so I can't edit the article myself. However I was trying to access this article in college to do research for a project and OPENHIVE blocked the page due to 'profanity'. I'm assuming now I've got access that it's just due to the 'piss paintings' mention but it'd be great for everyone if someone who can edit the page could just asterisk the words or something since it'd make life a whole lot easier for anyone with stupid blocks on their internet system. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Hellsing123 (talkcontribs) 16:03, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

If you object to such language in the article, why have you brought it to the talk page as well? At any rate, Wikipedia is not censored and we apologize for your lack of access, but that is your problem and not ours. Elizium23 (talk) 17:58, 18 October 2014 (UTC)
  • Your college uses Openhive? That may be the problem. Colleges -- places for adults -- shouldn't be using software that blocks anything. It's too bad but I recommend trying to access the web in another system so you can use Wikipedia without blocks. freshacconci talk to me 18:33, 18 October 2014 (UTC)

Warhol's Early Life contains a misprint[edit]

Warhol was not a hypochondriac, he had Nosocomephobia. Hypochondria means that you constantly seek medical attention for everything. Warhol had an intense fear or hospitals. Completely different. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 18:05, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

If you have a source, it can be corrected. Willondon (talk) 19:27, 18 April 2015 (UTC)

Quote sources[edit]

Are there sources for the quotes listed on this page? [2] Thanks. Market St.⧏ ⧐ Diamond Way 07:56, 24 April 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 27 May 2015 Andy Warhol / The Cars[edit]

Andy Warhol was involved with The Cars music video(s) for the their 1984 album "Heartbeat City". I believe they got him out of 'retirement' to direct the opening track's video of "Hello Again" in which he also made an appearance. He may also have been involved with the video of the title track "Heartbeat City". Takatrp (talk) 17:53, 27 May 2015 (UTC) takatrp <MTV> Takatrp (talk) 17:53, 27 May 2015 (UTC)takatrp reference <MTV>

Red information icon with gradient background.svg Not done: "I believe" and "he may" are not adequate, we need reliable sources to back up your request, without which no information should be added to, or changed in, any article. - Arjayay (talk) 18:28, 27 May 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 13 August 2015[edit]

in the section on Warhol in the 1960s, in the paragraph that begins with: As an advertisement illustrator in the 1950s. the word "The Factory," appears, it should be spelled as "The Factory", Patricthagod (talk) 00:59, 13 August 2015 (UTC)

Yes check.svg Done Stickee (talk) 04:00, 13 August 2015 (UTC)