Leading a revolution of artistic discovery in the early sixties, Warhol was ahead of the times when it came to the commerciality of celebrity.
He notably predicted the selfie culture and social media society we live in today with his coined phrase “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”.
If Warhol were around today there is no doubt he would be a shining star of social media, and would certainly own a selfie stick or two.
£7 Million Selfie
source: The Guardian
Warhol’s first self-portrait, taken in 1963, is set to be auctioned at Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Evening in London on 28th June.
The piece has remained part of a private collection since the 1980’s and will now go under the hammer expecting to fetch in excess of £7 million.
Andy Warhol’s image, his style and attitude, played a huge part in his fame. Attracting the crowds of rich and famous personalities that were forever in his orbit.
Surrounded by drag queens, actors, muses and models, Warhol was never short of a face to paint and often his work depicted the mood of society or his own feelings towards the cultures of the time.
His most famous images are portraits of celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Elvis and Elizabeth Taylor.
But when it came to his own portrait it is said that he struggled with the idea of his mortality and that of others around him and wished to convey his thoughts and feelings through his work.
With Monroe’s portrait, for example, it is understood that the fade from vivid colour to almost nothing was depicting society forgetting her but never her everlasting image.
Andy Warhol’s own prophetic worry about mortality came true when an activist made an attempt on his life.
We Are All Equal
The fact that this £7 million image of Andy Warhol was taken in a “dime store” photo booth has been said to reflect the artists feeling that the human race is equal.
No matter what, certain things will happen to us all.
Be it the big things in life such as birth and death and the smaller things such as having to get your photo taken in a photo booth. This levelling act that almost everyone must take sums up Warhol’s aesthetic in a simple strip of small images.
A great democratiser who believed that we are all the same, Warhol stripped back the glamour of celebrity to reveal it for nothing more than commodity.
Even still Warhol couldn’t get enough of the celebrity lifestyle and his followers, clients and customers loved his approach to creating art.
Like with everything Warhol did, the £7 million selfie is an icon of today’s society. The fact that it was taken nearly 50 years prior to Instagram being launched simply highlights the accuracy of Warhol’s earliest insights.
The Warhol Floor at Arthouse
Come and snap a few selfies of your own in one of the stunning Warhol-themed hotel rooms at Arthouse Hotel.
Pucker up in Lips a bright and colourful dedication to one of Warhol’s simplest yet most powerful pieces of art.
Or if you fancy your “15 minutes of Fame” get them in the room themed around Warhol’s own world-renowned phrase.
This fabulous Liverpool hotel floor has been decorated to reflect the wonderfully artistic character and quirky style of Andy Warhol.
Furnished to the high standards expected of a modern hotel room, with some unexpected surprises too.
Everyone has heard of Andy Warhol as the artist and father of popular culture, but what you might not know is he also directed several remarkable films. Now considered avant-garde cinema classics, Warhol’s repertoire stretches over 60 films, 2000 videos and 500 short black and white ‘screen test’ portraits of his friends and ‘muses’.
Warhol was celebrated throughout the art world as an innovator. He masterfully mixed artistic expression with celebrity lifestyle and corporate advertising to create iconic prints and paintings of American popular culture such as Campbell’s soup tins and Coca-Cola bottles. He was also renowned for his portrait collection which feature vivid depictions of Marilyn Monroe, Jackie Kennedy, Elvis Presley and many more. His vast body of work, controversial themes and ability to work across a wide range of media has made him one of the most well-known artists in the world.
More than twenty years after his death, Andy Warhol remains one of the most influential figures in contemporary art and culture.
All About Andy
Andy Warhol was a leading painter, film-maker, author and the principal figure in the Pop Art movement. Born Andrew Warhola, he grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with his parents who were Slovakian immigrants. His father, Ondrej Warhola, was a construction worker, while his mother, Julia Warhola, was an embroiderer. They were devout Byzantine Catholics who maintained much of their Slovakian culture and heritage while living in one of Pittsburgh’s Eastern European ethnic enclaves.
His mother was a casual artist and encouraged Andy’s artistic urges by giving him his first camera when he was just nine years old.
Whilst growing up Warhol was known to suffer from a nervous disorder that would force him to stay at home for long periods of time, during these spells he would listen to the radio and collect pictures of movie stars. It was this exposure to current events at a young age that he later said shaped his obsession with pop culture and celebrities.
After completing his pictorial design course at the Carnegie Institute of Technology, Andy Warhola moved to New York City in 1949 and changed his name to Warhol.
He initially pursued a successful career as a commercial illustrator for a range of magazines, designed advertising and dressed window displays. However, after exhibiting his experimental artwork in several galleries in the late 1950’s, Warhol began to receive recognition as both an influential and controversial artist. In 1952, he exhibited ‘Fifteen Drawings Based on the Writings of Truman Capote’ in his first individual show at the Hugo Gallery in New York.
In 1961, he debuted the concept of “pop art”—paintings that focused on mass-produced commercial goods. These featured the now-iconic paintings of Campbell’s soup cans, which created a major stir in the art world. It was this that brought both Warhol and pop art into the national spotlight for the first time.
He went on to produce a series of portraits which quickly gained fame and notoriety and he began to receive hundreds of commissions for portraits from socialites and celebrities. From this moment his career took off, and he never looked back.
Between 1963 and 1968, Warhol began dedicating most of his time to directing films. Working from his unique silver and foil-draped studio nicknamed The Factory, located at 231 East 47th Street, Warhol embraced this new world of the moving picture.
The Factory quickly became one of New York City’s premier cultural hot spots, a scene of lavish parties attended by the city’s wealthiest socialites and celebrities. It was a meeting place for young artists, actors, musicians, intellectuals, playwrights and the perfect place for Warhol to capture the scenes he needed.
Many of Warhol’s circle of friends feature in his films and videos such as Jack Smith, Jill Johnson, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Edie Sedgwick, Nico, Gerard Malanga and Taylor Mead.
It was during this time that Warhol famously prophesied that; “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes.” A prediction that has been realised today through reality TV shows that give everyday people the chance to be famous for at least 15 minutes. This theme is particularly poignant in our time, so much so that one of the luxury suites in the Arthouse Hotel has been dedicated to this iconic statement.
His films have been highly regarded for their radical expressions and vast separation from conventional cinema. With works such as Eat (1964), a 45 minute depiction of a man eating mushrooms, Empire (1964), his notorious eight-hour film of the Empire State Building, My Hustler (1965), a social comedy about gay life on Fire Island, and Kiss (1964), a 50 minute film made up of various clips of couples kissing, Warhol redefined the film-going experience for a wide range of audiences and attracted serious critical attention and publicity.
One of his most famous films, Sleep, was released in 1963 with a running time of 521 minutes and consists of long take footage that shows Warhol’s friend John Giorno sleeping. To make the film, Warhol combined 22 shots, during each of which he homed in on different parts of Giorno’s body which creates a film based around the themes of obsession and the fascination of the observer.
But perhaps the most commercially successful movie he directed was Chelsea Girls, a classic which depicts the lives of young socialites living at the Chelsea Hotel in New York. The cast featured a whos-who of the select social circle Warhol referred to as ‘Superstars’, a group of people he used as muses for his artistic endeavours. The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that “story” while it was lowered for the other.
The film was highly innovative in that it consisted of two 16 mm-films being projected simultaneously, with two different stories shown in tandem. From the projection booth, the sound would be raised for one film to elucidate that “story” while it was lowered for the other.
The End of His Career
In 1968 Warhol’s thriving career almost ended. He was shot and seriously injured by Valerie Solanas, an aspiring writer and radical feminist, on June 3. Solanas had appeared in one of Warhol’s films and was reportedly upset with him over his refusal to use a script she had written.
After the shooting, Solanas was arrested and later pleaded guilty to the crime. Warhol spent weeks in a New York hospital recovering from his injuries and underwent several subsequent surgeries. As a result of the injuries he sustained, he had to wear a surgical corset for the rest of his life.
This seriously affected Warhol and his ability to produce the art he wanted to, subsequently he became a very reclusive person and gave up his personal involvement in filmmaking altogether. This responsibility was given to Paul Morrissey, his assistant director. Morrissey steered the Warhol-branded cinema towards more mainstream, narrative-based movie themes with Flesh, Trash, and Heat. All of these films, including the later Andy Warhol’s Dracula and Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein, were far more mainstream than anything Warhol as a director had attempted.
In his later life, Warhol suffered from chronic issues with his gall bladder. On February 20, 1987, he was admitted to New York Hospital where his gall bladder was successfully removed and he seemed to be recovering. However, days later he suffered complications that resulted in a sudden cardiac arrest and he died on February 22, 1987 at the age of 58.
The Warhol Floor
At the Arthouse Hotel we recognise the importance of great film and cinema, so we’ve styled our unique hotel around the most classic and iconic films of our time and one of our favourite avant-garde stars of all time is, of course, Andy Warhol.
You will find an entire floor dedicated to this legendary pop artist, with suites based on his famous films Chelsea Girls, Empire and Kiss, a special homage to his famous 15 minutes of fame quote and rooms that showcase the stunning pop art collection including the Marilyn portraits and the Mona Lisa.
With deluxe interior features, luxury beds, rich crushed velvet covers and glistening whirlpool baths, you’ll soon feel right at home, with a sprinkle of extra movie magic!
The hotel also features its own film-themed pizzeria and bar that is decorated with screening snippets of movie masterpieces on the walls, the Arthouse Hotel is the perfect treat for any film fanatic.
Located in the heart of Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife district, a stay at Arthouse hotel will give you and your party a memorable experience of Liverpool you won’t find anywhere else.
To book your stay at Liverpool’s best movie themed hotel call on 0151 601 8801 or email email@example.com
Have you been looking for a special way to treat yourself in Liverpool during the week? Look no further than Arthouse Hotel. Liverpool’s newest movie-themed hotel been designed to accommodate visitors to the city who awant to enjoy a great night out on the town.
Come and experience the UK’s favourite party city destination when it’s a little less crowded and you can take advantage of the amazing mid-week offers in Liverpool’s best bars.
Choose Your Movie
At Arthouse Hotel, there are three fabulous floors each designed with a movie themed concept in mind.
The first floor has a choice of iconic musical movies such as Grease, Yellow Submarine and Chicago. So, if you enjoy singing along to the toe-tapping songs from these tuneful classics then chose a movie themed room from the first floor.
Up to the next floor which is one for the horror fans among you. Welcome to our thrilling Hitchcock themed floor where a selection of the celebrated director’s most memorable movies has inspired each of our second-floor rooms.
Enjoy a dizzying night in Vertigo, a terrifying night with The Birds or even spend a night in Suspicion on our Hitchcock movie themed floor.
Finally, the third-floor accommodation was inspired by the iconic master of mixed media, Andy Warhol. Not instantly known for his movie making skills, Warhol’s movies were controversial of course, which gave them their underground appeal.
Choose a room inspired by the well-known portraits of Marilyn Monroe or his recreation of classical Renaissance paintings. Perhaps treat yourself in Liverpool to a night spent in a room inspired by The Chelsea Girls. A controversial film about life in a hotel that earned 10x its filming budget within the first 19 weeks of screening in New York.
Whether you enjoy a sweet singalong, a thrilling horror or something a little more provocative, Arthouse Hotel has the room for you.
Pick your restaurant
During your overnight stay, we have two fabulous restaurants where you can choose to dine for your evening meal.
The Bastion Bar and Restaurant is located within the award-winning Shankly Hotel and provides a delicious varied menu created by talented chefs. They use locally sourced seasonal ingredients to design dishes that are special and can be enjoyed by everybody. Book your evening meal here and enjoy the family friendly atmosphere and stunningly chic décor.
Our Carpathia Champagne Bar and Restaurant can be found atop Liverpool’s exquisite Titanic themed hotel 30 James Street. The perfect location provides visitors with stunning views of Albert Dock and the World Heritage Waterfront from the elegant rooftop terrace. Once seated you can treat yourself in Liverpool from a delightful menu of fine dining quality dishes served with a twist.
No matter which of our city centre restaurants you choose to dine from on the evening of your stay, both are ideally located to continue into Liverpool and enjoy a night experiencing the stylish city-centre nightlife.
Stay and dine for £99
This amazing overnight midweek offer in Arthouse Hotel is just £99. The offer includes an overnight stay from Sunday to Thursday in one of the marvellous movie themed Liverpool hotel rooms and a delicious meal in either the Carpathia or the Bastion Bar and Restaurant.
What better way to treat yourself in Liverpool than spending an evening in a marvellous movie themed room with an evening meal included from Arthouse hotel?
Fan of the flicks or mad for movies? If the answer is yes then a visit to Signature Living’s newest hotel is definitely on the cards. Book to stay at Arthouse hotel and spend the night in style in a spectacular movie themed hotel room, each inspired by the most iconic classic movies of our time.
But what is it that makes Arthouse hotel so different from any other accommodation in Liverpool?
Opening Scene: Take #1
As soon as you enter Arthouse hotel reception you will find yourself skipping down the Yellow Brick Road with the Emerald city in the distance and the whole Wizard of Oz Crew.
Join Dorothy, the Tin Man, Scarecrow and the Cowardly Lion on a journey into the unknown and amazing.
You know you’ve arrived in Liverpool’s most spectacular movie themed hotel as soon as you take that first step into Arthouse. You and your party are in for the Liverpool hotel break of a lifetime.
Mad for musicals
Our first floor is perfect for those of us who have enjoyed singing along to musicals since childhood.
Your favourite song filled classic is bound to be among the selection of top musical movies we’ve used to theme our luxury group hotel rooms. In fact, five of the room titles made in into the top 10 musical movies of all time.
Hop on board the mother ship and “slip into a time warp” on route to planet transsexual in the Rocky Horror room.
Or recreate “those summer nights” and pack your leather biker jacket and skin-tight trousers to enjoy a night in our Grease room.
Wherever your theatrical tastes take you Arthouse hotel have the perfect musical movie themed room for you to enjoy during a visit to Liverpool.
The Horrors of Hitchcock
One of the world’s greatest movie directors of all time, Alfred Hitchcock, was well known for providing the shock factor in his psychologically thrilling movies.
As he once said;
“there is no terror in the bang, only the anticipation”.
Well, sorry Alfred but we brought a big “bang” to our Hitchcock themed rooms that far exceeds any anticipation.
The enchanting mystery of thrilling movie Spellbound has been brought to life in the Spellbound room. Decadently dark décor and a ceiling embellished with quotes from the movie make for an interesting hotel visit.
Or instead, enjoy a stay in our Suspicion suite where you and your guests will be sleeping under the intent gaze of leading lady Joan Fontaine and her opposite playboy Carry Grant.
Each of the Hitchcock themed rooms has been uniquely styled to reflect the most exhilarating films from Hitchcock’s vast catalogue of creations.
If you are a true movie buff, then a stay on the Hitchcock floor at Arthouse hotel will be a thrilling way to stay in Liverpool.
What about the Warhol floor?
Andy Warhol was the father of popular culture. He masterfully mixed the art world with celebrity lifestyle and corporate advertising and was a talented artist who became a figurehead in many avenues of artistic expression.
His coined phrase “15 Minutes of Fame” has been adapted into a stunning hotel room on our Warhol floor.
Warhol himself famously prophesied that;
“everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes”
A prediction that has been realised today through reality TV shows that give everyday people the chance to be famous for at least 15 minutes.
Perhaps his most commercially successful movie directed was Chelsea Girls. A theme we chose to apply to our very own luxury hotel room. The Chelsea Girl’s movie depicts the lives of young socialites living at the Chelsea hotel in New York.
Cast members of the film included some of those dubbed Warhol’s Superstars. These individuals formed a select social circle of Warhol’s muses and served as his inspiration. Musicians, models actresses and socialites, who were basically the cool kids of the 60’s and 70’s.
If you wish that you could be like the cool kids, then why not chose the Warhol floor for your stay at Arthouse hotel.
Let’s go to the movies
Book to stay in Arthouse hotel today and enjoy Liverpool accommodation that has been uniquely styled around the most classic and iconic films of our time.
Arthouse hotel has it’s very own funky bar and pizzeria that is popular among residents of Liverpool as well as visitors. The space has a fun movie theme all of its own, screening snippets of slivers screen masterpieces on the walls. For a little playfulness, guests can even enjoy a game of PING-PONG along with their Charlie Chapgin cocktails.
Located in the heart of Liverpool’s most exciting nightlife district, a stay at Arthouse hotel will give you and your party a memorable experience of Liverpool you won’t find anywhere else.