This article had me at “tucked away for years.”
The Andy Warhol Museum has finally hired staff to begin sifting through the artist’s “belongings” which are stored inside, get this:
- 610 cardboard boxes
- filing cabinets
- a large shipping container
Most of the stuff has been packed way since 1987, after Warhol died from complications from gall bladder surgery. The man was a compulsive hoarder who saved everything form taxicab receipts to restaurant menus to fine antiques found in malls and fleas across NYC.
Larry Koon of The Marietta Register wrote a captivating article on the subject today. You can read it here. An excerpt:
“In the 18 months since the project began, archivists have opened 177
boxes, each with an average of 400 items tucked inside and some
containing many as 1,200 items. One box that was opened was said to
have contained over $17,000 in cash, including antique jewelry
appraised at over $1 million, and an autographed picture of a naked
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.”
Stories like this make me wonder if artists are great because they are unusual, or are they unusual because they’re great?
-posted by Eric Bradley
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