10 Things You Definitely Didn’t Know About Andy Warhol

Bold. Flashy. Eccentric. That’s three words to describe the cult legend of Andy Warhol. The father figure of pop art is famous for capturing humanity’s obsession with celebrity culture and advertising in his experimental film, painting and sculpture.

But like his art, the flashy, grey-haired provocateur had a complex backstory behind his eccentric lifestyle. In fact, his life is full of intriguing anecdotes and unusual quirks. Did you know these 10 facts about Andy Warhol?

1. He was a devote Catholic…

Although we associated Warhol with his provocative art and subversive entourage, he grew up as a practicing Ruthenian Catholic. His parents immigrated to the US from Slovakia and brought their religious beliefs with them. As an adult, the famous artist continued to practice his religion, attending mass at Manhattan’s Upper East Side most days.

The iconic painter wore a crucifix necklace, carried a rosary and was a regular volunteer at the church-lead soup kitchen in his neighbourhood.

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Warhol posing in front of a print of The Last Supper Source: Giorgio Lott i| Archivio Giorgio Lotti

2. …And a mummy’s boy

Julia Warhola was her son’s closest companion. They lived and worked together for almost two decades and the artist’s mother even appeared in his film Mrs. Warhol.

She also helped him out by providing lettering for many of his projects. Warhol’s father, Andrej, died when the artist was just 13 years old.

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Julia Warhola by Andy Warhol, 1974

3. He moonlighted as the Velvet Underground’s band manager

The American rock band fronted by Lou Reed and famous for being one of the most influential groups on rock, underground and experimental music were briefly managed by Warhol.

In 1965, after being introduced to the band, Warhol became their manager. He hlped the band secure a recording contract with MGM’s Verve Records and acted as a producer.

During this career diversion, Warhol included the Velvet Underground is his multimedia roadshow Exploding plastic Inevitable, which combined Warhol’s films with the band’s music.

4. He wore wigs to cover up a balding scalp

Warhol began to go bald in his early 20s and took to wearing wigs to obscure his hair loss. His silver wigs became iconic, contributing to his image as a mad-hat artist and provocateur.

One of his most famous pieces, a series of self-portraits called Fright Wig, utilised his fake hair to create a now legendary image.

5. He once published a cookbook

Wild Raspberries, created by the artist and his friend Suzie Frankfurt, was a parody of pretentious French-style cook books. Published in 1959, the book included 19 illustrations and a number of recipes mocking traditional haute cuisine.

Dishes included Omelet Greta Garbo (‘to be eaten alone’) and Roast Iguana Andalusian.

 6. He designed an album cover that was nominated for a Grammy Award

Warhol worked as a freelance commercial artist for companies including Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, The New Yorker and Columbia Records in the 1950s and 1960s.

He created cover art for a number of iconic bands and performers including the Rolling Stones and Aretha Franklin. The 1971 cover for the Rolling Stone’s Sticky Fingers album was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Album Cover.

He didn’t win though – the accolade went to a band called Pollution.

7. He trained as a classical artist

It’s hard to believe that the iconic and subversive artist ever created anything we could define as ‘traditional art’, but Warhol actually studied at the Carnegie Institute for Technology where he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 1949.

During his student years, he faced some opposition from professors who didn’t wholly approve of his unique approach and he sometimes had to do additional coursework over the summer to retain a good academic standing.

After a world trip, in which he travelled to places such as Japan, India, Italy and Egypt, he began to visualise ambitions beyond commercial art and moved towards what we now would call ‘Warhol’ style work.

8. He collected taxidermy

The artist owned a number of stuffed animals, including a lion, a peacock, a penguin, a moose’s head and a Great Dane, called Cecil. Warhol bought the dog for $300 in the late 60s, and the stuffed canine stood guard outside his studio from 1969 to 1987.

The iconic artist had a soft spot for dogs – he also owned a (live) dachshund called Archie and often spent time in the company of fellow artist and actress Brigid Berlin’s pugs.

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Andy Warhol and his dog, Archie. Source: Wiki Commons | Jack Mitchell

9. Someone once tried to kill him

On June 3, 1968 a radical feminist called Valeria Jean Solanas entered Warhol’s workspace, the Factory, and shot him.

She had previously been in one of Warhol’s films, I, A Man and, due to poor mental health, grew paranoid about her work and who she had been working with.

After the attack, Valeria handed herself in and was treated for paranoid Schizophrenia. Warhol suffered from damage to his lungs, oesophagus, spleen, liver and stomach but recovered after an extended stay in a New York hospital. He had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.

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Valeria Jean Solanas (middle) shot Warhol with the intent to kill him

10. You can stay in an Andy Warhol-inspired hotel suite…

At the Arthouse Hotel, we’ve been inspired by the artistic efforts of Warhol to create interiors that replicate his eccentric designs. Some of our most popular suites celebrate his iconic artwork.

From the opulent Marilyn Monroe suite, to the seductive Lips, you can enjoy the visual artistry of Warhol’s most famous pieces while indulging in the luxurious amenities on offer. Whether you’re a Chelsea Girl or looking for your 15 minutes of fame, we’ve got the perfect room for your stay.

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The Lips Room is inspired by one of Warhol’s most simple artworks

Sleeping up to six guests, all our Warhol suites come equipped with ultra-comfortable beds, large flat-screen TV and a Bluetooth multimedia sound system. They’ve also all got opulent bathrooms with double whirlpool baths and waterfall showers.

Arthouse Hotel is ideally located, giving guests access to the best nightlife, shopping and dining venues in the city, guaranteeing a visit to Liverpool you’ll never forget.

To book, call our team on 0151 395 7900.

 

Celebrate At Arthouse As Champagne Turns 90 Years Old

When it comes to finding unique places to stay in Liverpool Arthouse Hotel always delivers. Located in the heart of the city’s popular nightlife district groups can enjoy celebrating a special occasion in style.

What better way to toast to a super special occasion than by popping a cork of the bubbly stuff inside our Hitchcock themed hotel room, Champagne?

Champagne The Movie

The 9th of Hitchcock silent movie marvels, Champagne gave us teasers as to what was to come from the Master of Suspense.

Clever camera work was used from the onset as we stare at a 20s party in full swing through the bottom of a champagne glass as it’s being drained.

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Champagne is proof that Hitchcock’s talents need no words and his skills could captivate any audience well before he sashayed into producing the thrillers and horrors he became so well known for.

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Happy 90th Birthday to Champagne the movie, you are looking good for an OAP.

Champagne Rules

To celebrate Champagne, turning 90 years old here are a few rules about how to drink the bubbliest of beverages like a pro.

#1 Always Point The Cork Away From People

There’s an art to opening a bottle of Champagne. Simply hold the cork and twist the bottle, this should minimise injury and spillage.

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#2 Savour Every Drop

There’s nothing more wasteful than Champagne spillage and this is why spraying your guests with the good stuff is a no, no. Hold tight and pour into a suitable receptacle.

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#3 Chill Before Serving

Take a leaf out of Eddie’s book and always make sure there’s an adequate amount of prechilled Champagne to hand. There’s nothing more embarrassing than running out!

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#4 Sip Don’t Slurp

If you don’t want to be that person whose speech becomes slurred before the first bubbles pop then take it slow and sip your Champagne, savour the flavour.

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#5 Have the Right Glass

Experts have decided that Champagne flutes are a thing of the past and the bigger the glass the better so get your hands of a goblet for the ultimate Champagne drinking experience.

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#6 Clinky

Despite what may be said among the snootier circles, the clinky is still an acceptable custom. Toast to your good health, the night ahead or the popping of the next bottle whatever the reason a clinky is a must.

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#7 Invest in A Magnum

Whether you have a large group or not a Magnum is simply the only way to go when it comes to drinking Champagne . . . just stick to the aforementionned rules and take it slow, using a glass!

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#8 Acceptable Garnish

Some Champagne connoisseurs may think that adding anything to your bubbly is sacrilege but we say there are a few acceptable garnishes such as certain fruits and liqueurs, find your favourite by experimenting with acceptable garnishes.

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#9 Don’t Let It Go To Your Head

Bubbly can have quite an elevating effect, in fact, it’s been proven to generally lighten anyone’s mood, although some can feel effects quicker than others so tread softly when it comes to quaffing your Champers.

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#10 Even So Too Much Is Just Enough

Even though you could feel extremely tipsy quite quickly the pleasant buzz that comes from drinking Champagne is a treat so enjoy knowing that you can never really have too much Champagne.

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The Champagne Room

Based on an early piece of Hitchcock’s movie mastery, our Champagne room sleeps 6 guests and has a decadent décor of gleaming gold, perfectly replicating a glass of the good stuff.

There aren’t any other places to stay in Liverpool as glamorous and chic as the Champagne room at Arthouse Hotel and finding your way to some of the best Liverpool nightlife is easy, literally one step outside the door.

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Bustling bars such as Alma de Cuba, Peacocks, Aloha and Blind Tiger will certainly be able to help you continue your Champagne themed evening. So get yourselves glammed up and get ready to dazzle as you celebrate your special occasion with us at Arthouse Hotel.

Book using any of our amazing accommodation offers here, and arrange for chilled bottles of bubbly to welcome you into our Champagne room.

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Call 0151 601 8801 or email info@signatureliving.co.uk for more information or to book your stay.

Our Biggest Ever Giveaway: Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living

When Signature Living opened the Arthouse Hotel in late 2016, the Signature brand was only just getting started.

But now, the Hollywood-themed hotel is part of a country-wide hospitality empire that started right here in Liverpool.

Growing from just four serviced apartments with a personalized touch in Liverpool’s city centre to a national hotelier, Signature Living has had 10 years of wild dreams and spectacular launches.

We’ve taken on near-impossible restoration projects, preserved iconic hero’s legacies  and hosted magical weddings in breathtaking venues, while also ensuring that the party-lovers of Liverpool continue to enjoy jaw-dropping, unique venues at the heart of the city.

Safe to say, it’s been a spectacular few years. And after a decade of success, we’re pleased to announce that we’re celebrating with our #biggestevergiveaway…

Two Years of The Arthouse Hotel

Building on our previous success with party accommodation in the city, the movie-themed party pads at Arthouse gave a brand new, star-studded side to Signature’s Liverpool venues.

After the glamourous, celebrity-filled launch of the Arthouse bar (now Mulholland) which introduced Seel Street to a Signature night out, the hotel opened its doors and offered luxurious, film-themed party suites to the city’s most glamorous girl squads and party-loving man packs.

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The Wizard of Oz room at Arthouse Hotel

Whether you want to follow the yellow brick road to our Wizard of Oz room, or have a night of Rock Horror Show drama, our themed suites offer luxurious accommodation with incredible faculties including spa baths and ultra-comfortable beds.

And with the opening of our stunning Skyline Suites in 2017, the Arthouse had its own penthouse party pad, offering accommodation for groups of up to 12 and giving them exclusive access to an in-room roman bath for the ultimate pool parties looking out over Liverpool’s beautiful skyline.

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One of our Skyline Suites, at Arthouse Hotel

In only two short year, the Arthouse has become some of Liverpool’s most popular party accommodation. With our take-over of Alma de Cuba in December 2016, we cemented ourselves as the leading night-life influence on Liverpool’s Seel Street.

It’s been a wild ride. And after 10 years of Signature success we want to give you, our followers, a giveaway like no other to celebrate #Signature10 and the excitement of the last decade…

Celebrating 10 Years of Signature Living

Growing from four serviced apartments for Liverpool’s most dedicated party lovers into a national hospitality provider, Signature Living’s founders Katie and Lawrence Kenwright have realized their wildest dreams in the past 10 years.

And on the 10th anniversary of the company, the generous pair want to make your hopes and dreams a reality too.

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Katie and Lawrence Kenwright

As we begin our official birthday celebrations on the 14th August, we’ll be launching Signature Living’s biggest giveaway yet. Each month for 12 months, a life-changing prize will be announced on social media – prizes that will make a real difference and change your life forever!

Katie and Lawrence want to give back to you, our Signature followers, with once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and spectacular experiences.

From planting the seeds of change, to indulging in thrills like no other, all the prizes have a definite Signature touch, celebrating our ten years of unique hospitality service.

Get ready to be revved up by our unbelievable giveaway that includes sizzling-hot surprises, ice-cool adventures and sparkling Signature celebrations.

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Dive into our biggest competition yet, as we jet off into 12 months of jam-packed festivities for our 10year anniversary carnival.

You’ve been here for our biggest moments, so now we want to make your special occasions as successful and spectacular as our own.

Keep tuned into our social media, where we will be announcing our biggest giveaway yet (#biggestevergiveaway) every month! For more information on our amazing prizes, check out biggestevergiveaway.co.uk. We can’t wait to celebrate with you.

Follow our Facebook Page, Twitter and Instagram for updates.

 

International Beatleweek in Liverpool: What’s On & Accommodation

International Beatleweek is returning this August in Liverpool. The annual festival see fans from over 40 countries Come Together for the fun.

If you’ll be enjoying the best of Beatleweek this year in Liverpool, we’ve rounded up the most unmissable events and where to stay in style!

Taking place from 22nd August – 28th August 2018, get ready for an unforgettable week with our latest guide…

Beatleweek 2018 – What’s On

Wednesday 22nd August 2018

Taking fans back to where it all began, International Beatleweek will kick off at the Cavern Club, Liverpool. The fun will begin on Wednesday 22nd August where festival goers can look forward to Rock ‘n’ roll all day long with live music across three stages covering the Cavern Club and Cavern Pub.

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Thursday 23rd August 

On Thursday, the fun will continue at the Cavern Club. Bands and fans from across the globe will gather at the iconic Mathew Street venue for a day of live music.

Friday 24th August

It’s George’s Birthday – Alma de Cuba (12:00pm – 6:00pm) 

This year, George Harrison would have celebrated his 75th birthday. To mark the occasion, performers will be paying tribute to George throughout the afternoon, followed by a special finale. Fans can also enjoy live music all day outside on the patio stage.

Alma de Cuba is an iconic bar and restaurant in Liverpool, situated only moments from Arthouse Hotel on dynamic Seel Street.

The Analogues Present “The White Album” – Philharmonic Hall ( 8:00pm)

Holland’s premier Beatles band The Analogues will take to the grand Philharmonic Hall stage and play The Beatles (White Album) in its entirety.

Friday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (Starting at 11:30pm – 5:00am)

The first of the week’s late night parties will showcase live music and bring fans the chance to celebrate until 5am!

Saturday 25th August

Early Days at the Locarno – The Olympia (12:00pm – 6:00pm)

Beatleweek festivities usually incorporate a day out. And this year, attendees can look forward to stepping back in time at The Olympia (formerly known as the Locarno Ballroom).

The Beatles played at the breathtaking venue on Valentine’s Day back in 1963. And this is a wonderful chance to relive the Beatlemania.

The Lennon & McCartney Songbook – Philharmonic Hall (8:00pm)

Hosted at Liverpool’s grand Philharmonic Hall, this special show will feature Beatleweek artists and special guests, celebrating the 60 years of song-writing between Beatles legends Lennon & McCartney.

Saturday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)

Saturday’s party is the perfect way to spend your Saturday night with entertainment until late.

Sunday 26th August

Annual Beatles Convention – Adelphi Hotel (11:00am)

Bringing fans together for a fantastic day, the Adelphi will play host to live music, films, guests speakers, Ringo Bingo and a flea market of unmissable memorabilia.

Guests speakers include the one and only Pattie Boyd alongside Freda Kelly, Tony Bramwell and Joey Molland.

Sunday Adelphi Party –  Adelphi Hotel (11:59pm) 

The fun will continue at the Sunday Adelphi Party until 5am!

Monday 27th August

Scousechella – Grand Central Hall (Midday – 6:00pm)

The line up for Coachella in 2016 was a great one. The festival saw Sir Paul McCartney take to the stage alongside music icons Bob Dylan, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters.

Bringing Beatles fans their very own Scousechella, fans can look forward to six of the best tribute artists paying homage to the star-studded line up.

Fab Four Finale – Hard Days Night Hotel (8:00pm)

Catch the “Fab Four Finale” with live music covering 4 stages at Beatles inspired Hard Days Night Hotel.

Monday Adelphi Party – Adelphi Hotel (11:30pm)

With Beatleweek drawing to a close, don’t miss the Monday night party for the last late night celebration!

Tuesday 28th August 

 Tuesday at the Cavern – The Cavern Club (10:30am)

The final day of Beatleweek will offer one last chance to get your Cavern Club fix with live music across two stages.

Where to Stay for Beatleweek

Arthouse Hotel offers the perfect place to stay for International Beatleweek in Liverpool. Specialising in spacious group accommodation, our themed rooms are fantastic for groups looking to stay in style.

Our Yellow Submarine room sleeps up to 4 guests, ideal for those attending Beatleweek with family or friends. This spectacular themed room features Beatles lyrics above the beds, a colourful submarine print and fantastic amenities including a double whirlpool bath and TV.

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John Lennon fans can also make themselves right at home with a stay in our stunning John Lennon room. Inspired by Andy Warhol’s iconic Menlove Ave. album cover design, this spectacular space captures the creativity of Warhol and Lennon.

If you’d like to book a stay with us for Beatleweek, make sure you don’t miss out on our unmissable hotel offers! Each package is designed to bring you the best of Arthouse Hotel, making your stay in Liverpool as special as can be.

We look forward to seeing you soon and hope you have an unforgettable time celebrating the Fab Four!

Calling all Teachers! Enjoy Our 6 Week Treats Hotel Deal

The summer holidays have arrived! And at Arthouse Hotel, we’re offering tired-out teachers an unmissable break.

So, whether you celebrate with your fellow teachers or friends and family, this fabulous offer is just what you need.

One of the best hotels in Liverpool, our Six Week Treats offer means you can stay in style without breaking the bank!

The Best of Hotel Offers for Teachers

Our 6 Week Treats Offer (£99 per person)

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For just £99 per person this dazzling offer includes:

  • Overnight accommodation in our movie-themed accommodation for tired-out teachers
  • Full buffet breakfast
  • Delicious two-course meal in your choice of Signature restaurants
  • Signature activity – chose from a spa treatment, drinks at Alma de Cuba or a luxury hair or makeup pampering session

 Sunday – Thursday – Subject to availability, based on a minimum of 2 guests Friday night stay – £20pp supplement

Funny and Most Inspiring Teacher Movies

Arthouse Hotel is a unique movie themed hotel in the heart of Liverpool. And to celebrate our new offer for teachers, we thought we’d take a look at some of the best, funniest and most inspiring movies featuring teachers!

Grease

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Amidst the romance, scandals and singing and dancing is Principal McGee, trying her best to keep it all under control in Grease!

At Arthouse Hotel, why not stay in our Grease themed room? This spacious room sleeps up to 6 guests and is fitted with fantastic facilities including an en suite with large whirlpool bath.

Expect to have chills multiplying when you step inside this spectacular space.

Dead Poets Society

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It’s safe to say that Dead Poets Society has inspired many to follow the path to teaching. The 1989 drama saw Robin Williams blow audiences away as lovable Mr. Keating.

Some of the most memorable moments of Mr Keating’s teaching saw him jumping on desks, daring the students to think for themselves and plenty of choruses of “O Captain, my Captain’.

And though the working day may not quite live up to the romanticism of Dead Poets Society, it’s safe to say this is a movie treasured by educators and young people inspired to start their career.

Matilda

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Without a doubt one of the best childhood movies ever made, Miss Honey is arguably the underrated star of Matilda. Audiences are enchanted by her softly spoken words of wisdom, pretty woodland cottage and of course, her heartwarming belief in Matilda.

While we’re sure Miss Honey has inspired many to teach over the decades, we certainly hope the same can’t be said for Miss Trunchbull!

School of Rock

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For music teachers, School of Rock may just be the ultimate movie. Starring comedic genius Jack Black, School of Rock sees Dewey Finn pose as a substitute teacher at a private elementary school.

This iconic teacher film is a timeless favourite and it’s easy to see why! The feel-good movie is filled with fun, with plenty of songs to keep your toes-tapping along the way.

Harry Potter

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When he wasn’t marching through the corridors with a flowing cloak and judgemental frown, he was busy making Harry miserable…or so it seemed.

From the first Harry Potter film to the last, Professor Snape went from scariest teacher to the best-loved. Fans fell in love with his dry wit and determination to protect Harry, all in the name of love for Lily Potter.

Mean Girls

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Mean Girls is a modern classic when it comes to timeless teen movies. Written by Tina Fey, the talented comedian also stepped in front of the camera as witty maths teacher Ms. Norbury.

When ‘Burn Book’ chaos unfolds, it’s fair to say that Ms. Norbury saves the day with the iconic line, “raise your hand if you’ve ever been personally victimized by Regina George”.

We hope to see you soon at Arthouse Hotel! It’ll be a summer holidays treat that you won’t forget. To enquire further or to book your stay, you can reach us on 0151 601 8801.