Andy Warhol 1970s
Compared to the hustle and bustle of the wild days of the Factory during the 1960s, the 1970s were a much quieter decade for Andy Warhol. Much of this could be contributed to Warhol’s near-death experience in 1968 when Valerie Solanas shot him. In the 1970s, Andy Warhol focused less on growing his social circle and more on entrepreneurialism. He devoted much of his time to rounding up new patrons for portrait commissions including Mick Jagger, John Lennon, Diana Ross, and Brigitte Bardot. Andy Warhol’s famous portrait of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong was created in 1973.
When Warhol did go out to socialize, rather than the Factory party that characterized the previous decade, he would attend various nightspots in New York City. This included Max’s Kansas City and Studio 54. He was generally regarded as quiet, shy, and a meticulous observer, yet always managed to be where all the action was. It’s been said that Warhol once stated, “I will go to the opening of anything, including a toilet seat.”
In 1974, Andy Warhol started a series of Time Capsules. These Time Capsules were cardboard boxes that he filled with odds and ends of his everyday life. The materials included mail, photos, art, clothing, and collectibles. The artist produced over 600 of them and they are now an archival goldmine of his life and times. The last of 600 was opened in November 2014.
Andy Warhol also founded Interview magazine with Gerard Malanga and published The Philosophy of Andy Warhol in 1975. An idea expressed in the book: “Making money is art, and working is art and good business is the best art.”
Warhol founded the New York Academy of Art in 1979 alongside his longtime friend Stuart Pivar.