Holly Woodlawn died today.
She was the star in arthouse films by Andy Warhol. If you’ve never seen any of his films, or don’t know anything about his work, this is as good a place to start as any, an overview of his work by Alastair Sooke. This documentary explores what some of the art that Warhol became famous for was about. Warhol was the ultimate regurgitator of consumer culture, cleverly commenting on the symbols and codes of consumerism, not just to make us aware of popular culture’s influence on how we see things, but to create beautiful works of art from the mundane and mass-produced low-value objects we see around us every day, like newspapers and soup cans.
If you want to see Holly Woodlawn in one of her most famous roles, follow this link.
It’s not pretty, but it’s art, and it sure beats watching someone sleeping for 14 hours.