Andy Warhol did for art what the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) did for wrestling. He made it a spectacle. He made it something the “everyman” could enjoy. He infused it with celebrity. And, some would say, he cheapened it too.
Looking back, it makes perfect sense that Warhol frequented wrestling shows at Madison Square Garden during the 1970s. And here we have him appearing on on camera at The War to Settle the Score, a WWF event that aired on MTV in 1985. Hulk Hogan battled “Rowdy” Roddy Piper in the main event. But, the sideshow included (let’s get in the Hot Tub Time Machine) the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Mr. T., and Andy too.
If you’re familiar with the professional wrestling script, you know that the interview with Mean Gene Okerlund gave wrestlers the chance to pound their chests and gas off. But Warhol couldn’t muster very much. “I’m speechless.” “I just don’t know what to say.” And, before you know it, his one minute of professional wrestling fame was over. Just like that….
via the always great Bibliokelpt
Andy Warhol Digitally Paints Debbie Harry with the Amiga 1000 Computer (1985)
Andy Warhol Quits Painting, Manages The Velvet Underground (1965)
Warhol’s Screen Tests: Lou Reed, Dennis Hopper, Nico, and More
Three “Anti-Films” by Andy Warhol: Sleep, Eat & Kiss
Great clip– but where did you get that he frequented wrestling shows during the ’70s? I had understood that the came rather late to this party, in the ’80s.
(your quote: “Looking back, it makes perfect sense that Warhol frequented wrestling shows at Madison Square Garden during the 1970s.”)