Fraser-Cavassoni, Natasha. “After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land”, Blue Rider Press, 2017.
An Insider’s Account of Warhol
Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni gives us an insider’s account of working in Andy Warhol’s studio and “Interview” magazine and as she does, she explores Warhol’s impact on the art world, pop culture, society, and fashion and shows how his iconic status gave rise to some of our most influential tastemakers today.
Fraser-Cavassoni met Andy Warhol when she was sixteen, and then on and off over the years before moving to New York City and coming to “Warhol Land” as she calls his studio. She take us deep into Warhol’s world and also into that place in the stratosphere where socialites, fashion icons, film stars, rock legends, and art world powerhouses could be found orbiting the artist. This was where she was and where she worked with Fred Hughes, Brigid Berlin, Vincent Fremont, and others who were once part of the Factory clan and she was the last person hired at the studio before Warhol died in 1987. Fraser-Cavassoni saw firsthand the end of an era and the establishment of a global phenomenon. She witnessed the behind-the-scenes disagreements and the assessment of his estate, which included the magazine and his art inventory and the record-breaking auction of his belongings and the publication of his diaries. Now she examines the immediate aftermath of Warhol’s death and his impact, which ranged from New York to Los Angeles and throughout Europe. She includes interviews with key figures of the art world and dozens of Warhol intimates. She tells all about Warhol and his inner circle and does so in some very funny anecdotes and some serious and hard-hitting interviews while she “ explores Warhol’s indelible impact on the art world and pop culture.” This is an expose of the glamour of Warhol’s world. Fraser-Cavassoni pays sharp attention to detail and the fashion, interiors, conversation of the time is all here showing us that as she searched for herself, she found Warhol land.
The prose is filled with grace, hilarity and enthusiasm as the book moves between past and present looking at the author’s own social and professional life. This is a candid and fascinating look at a society that we will never see again.