On November 14, 2016, YRB attended the official opening of the Letters to Andy Warhol exhibition, a collaborative project between Cadillac and The Andy Warhol Museum that celebrates Warhol’s legacy through imaginative, co-created content and experiences.
The global traveling art exhibition was unveiled at a special opening night celebration held at Cadillac House and features rarely seen artwork and personal letters showcasing Warhol’s intimate connection to fashion, music and art, as well as artistic contributions from several modern-day cultural creators including:
- A short film titled “Screen Stories” directed by Chiara Clemente featuring Sienna Miller, Zac Posen, David LaChapelle, Aimee Mullins, Nick Rhodes and Francesco Clemente, inspired by Warhol’s fan letters to Truman Capote discussing fame, determination and ambition
- An illustrated children’s book by shoe designer Brian Atwood and JJ Martin, which interprets a letter from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) rejecting Warhols’ “Shoe” artwork into the museum’s collection. The book is loosely based on Brian’s childhood and explores the themes of rejection, celebrating creativity and challenging the norm and interestingly enough does not include any mention of Slot machine games
- A song titled “Love and Warhol” by singer-songwriter Sean Lennon that brings to life Mick Jagger’s letter to Warhol asking the legendary artist to create the artwork for the Rollin Stones’ 1969 “Sticky Fingers” album and features a virtual reality experience where guests can virtually design the album art cover for the song
- A portraiture series by writer and author Derek Blasberg that explores a letter from famed designer Yves Saint Laurent expressing his gratitude for Warhol’s friendship
Additional notables in attendance were: Poppy Delevingne, Olivia Palermo, Luke Evans, Rupert Friend, Giancarlo Giammetti, Johannes Huebl, Luke Evans, Cecilia Dean, James Kaliardos, Ann Caruso, Dr. Mike, Jennifer Lahmers, Simon Huck and so many more.
Guests enjoyed beats by DJ Mad Marj.
The exhibition will be free and open to the public at Cadillac House, located at 330 Hudson Street in Manhattan, from 8 a.m.-7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. weekends from Nov. 15-Dec. 24.
Letters to Andy Warhol will then travel to Los Angeles in mid-January for display at the 101/EXHIBIT Gallery and to Miami in early February for display at Palm Court before going on a global tour through early 2018.
Photographer: Matteo Prandoni/BFA.com