Limited Edition Artist Proof of Andy Warhol and Nico
Limited Edition 20" x 16" framed Artist Proof of Andy Warhol and Nico.
Andy Warhol and Nico did a photoshoot as Batman and Robin in 1966. It’s a very refreshing aspect of Warhol’s personality that he could so easily let Nico be the one in the Batman suit. Warhol was manipulative as all get-out and he certainly was interested in power, but the side of power that required him to be seen as the masculine rule-maker (and therefore Nico’s master) just didn’t interest him in the slightest. The comfort with which he inhabits Robin’s duds is palpable.
New York proved to be the perfect environment for Nico to find herself artistically as a performer. In 1965, she met Rolling Stones guitarist Brian Jones and began professionally recording music. From there she began working with Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey on their experimental films, including Chelsea Girls, The Closet, Sunset and Imitation of Christ. She became an instant Warhol Superstar and was a regular in The Factory scene. After Warhol became The Velvet Underground’s manager, he proposed that the group take on Nico as a member. The group became the centerpiece of Warhol’s “Exploding Plastic Inevitable,” a multimedia event featuring music, light, film, and dance. Andy also helped to produce their first album and create their debut album cover.
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