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Avenue Moment: Christopher Mason on Andy Warhol’s Memorial

Friday, December 10, 2010
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Christoper Mason, writer:


1980s


“I was in charge of organizing the lunch that followed Andy Warhol’s memorial service in 1987. Everyone went to St. Patrick’s and then they trooped to the Paramount Hotel—Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager had just bought it, and Robert Isabell did the most extraordinary job turning it into this sort of fantasy playland. He made the floor bubble gum pink, painted the walls and the gothic-looking ceiling silver, then hung this enormous painting that apparently was the last thing Andy worked on—ironically it, was ‘The Last Supper.’ It was an amazing party directly after the service. The DJ was there and Debbie Harry walked in playing her music and then the Rolling Stones walked in, the Ramones. It was an extraordinary time.”




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