Spotted: Andy Warhol in Union Square

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Yesterday, at the north end of Union Square (corner of Broadway and 17th Street), just steps away from the entrance to where a pioneer of Pop Art’s Factory studio stood in the 70s and 80s, Rob Pruitt unveiled his new sculpture—The Andy Monument.

A commission for the Public Art Fund, the seven-foot-tall chrome sculpture of Andy Warhol is sporting a suit, glasses, a vintage camera hanging from his neck and of course—as any chic New Yorker would—a Bloomingdale’s “medium brown bag” in his hand.

Hosted by the Public Art Fund and Interview Magazine, the unveiling brought together art world notables (think Jerry Saltz and Gavin Brown), curious commuters and tourists alike. Other distinguished guests who gathered for the unveiling and cocktail reception included Hope Atherton, Pati Hertling, Glenn O’Brien, Gina Nanni, Adam McEwen, Rory O’Flynn, Carmine Calzonetti, Ultra Violet, Robert Heide, Meredith Mendelsohn, Andrew Goldstein and Sarah Goulet.

Afterward, dinner was held at Todd English’s Olives where one could spot Derek Blasberg, Olympia Scarry, Dasha Zhukova, Peter Brant and Tony Shafrazi.

Pruitt said, “Like so many other artists and performers and people who don’t fit in because they’re gay or otherwise different, Andy moved here to become who he was, to fulfill his dreams and make it big. He still represents that courage and that possibility. That’s why I came to New York, and that’s what my Andy Monument is about.”

How great is that?!

For those who missed the unveiling, don’t fret, Warhol will be on view through October 2.


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