Andy Warhol surrounded himself with “Superstars”, a cast of people that inspired the artist. Warhol’s Superstars were misfits, beautiful, talented performers, or simply unique characters. Some possessed multiple talents, most were extraordinary at one thing and almost all battled with drug addiction. These characters often did not fit within the traditional Hollywood mold of a superstar, they were made up gay, transgender, drag queens, and young troubled beautiful women and men that longed for a life outside the social norm.
Warhol created art inspired by them and made art with them. Many of these individuals were cast in Warhol’s films or became subjects of his paintings and screen prints. The Warhol Superstar era ended with The Factory and its members experience a variety of post-Warhol lives. Some went on to have promising careers in showbusiness, others became prolific artists, a few returned to more conventional lives and too many suffered tragic deaths. Warhol’s superstars were vital to the counterculture that changed the country and the world.