The Day the Factory Died by Christophe von Hohenberg
7th December 2011 - 22nd January 2012
Never-before published photos, by celebrity photographer Christophe von Hohenberg, of Pop artist Andy
Warhol’s memorial service at New York’s Saint Patrick’s Cathedral that took place on April 1, 1987, are at
the core of Andy Warhol: The Day the Factory Died. Released on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Pop
Master’s death, the bible-like 176-page book features a cavalcade of celebrities from the worlds of
Hollywood, Fashion, Pop Music, International Society and Art.
Von Hohenberg was on assignment from Vanity Fair magazine that day and managed to take over two
hundred photos of the famous and infamous who attended the packed Cathedral. The best are gathered in this
novel, new book. Fellow artists such as David Hockney, Francesco Clemente, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert
Mapplethorpe, Yoko Ono; art dealers Leo Castelli and Holly Solomon; writers such as George Plimpton,
Fran Lebowitz, Dominck Dunne and Tom Wolfe; pop music stars such as Liza Minnelli and
Lou Reed; fashion designers from Halston, Calvin Klein, Stephen Sprouse to Diane von Furstenberg;
downtown habitués Michael Musto, Joey Arias, Diane Brill to Studio 54’s Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager;
as well as a cavalcade of international society types such as Lynn Wyatt, Jerome Zipkin, Claus von Bulow
all of whom took part in the scene that day and were captured by von Hohenberg’s probing lens.
The imaginatively-designed book, by Daniel Stark of Stark Design in New York City, features endpapers of
the day-glo, Stephen Sprouse-designed, Warhol camouflage aprons that waiter wore at the luncheon following
the memorial mass. It also features a foreword by well-known art writer Anthony Haden-Guest on Warhol’s
expanding and still- controversial legacy. The book as well features an essay entitled Time Capsule by New
York cultural historian and curator Charlie Scheips, who collaborated with von Hohenberg on the creation of
the book. Scheips draws together the events of that day,
and the character of those times, both as a search for a lost, bygone era but also as a guide to for those too
young to remember that halcyon era that Warhol profoundly influenced. The book features over 45 letters
from many of the notable figures present that day as testimony to the influence which Warhol had on their
own lives and times—in many different ways. It concludes with rarely-seen photos of the actual burial
ceremony in Warhol’s native Pittsburgh; and ends with a never-before published 1978 photo of Andy
Warhol by Bill Kornreich.
Christophe von Hohenberg is a portrait and interior photographer. His work appears in leading magazines
and galleries throughout the world. He lives in Greenwich Village.
Charlie Scheips is a cultural historian, curator, and writer living in New York City.
Anthony Haden-Guest is a writer, reporter, and cartoonist. He publishes in many magazines and writes a
weekly column about the art world for the Financial Times.