10 Facts About Andy Warhol's After The Party

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After The Party (F. & S. II.183) by Andy WarholAfter The Party (F. & S. II.183) © Andy Warhol 1979
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After The Party immortalises a raucous and indulgent evening spent by Andy Warhol and his clique of A-listers. Warhol was quite the party animal in his heyday, and no print series better documents his flamboyant lifestyle better than this.

1.

After The Party alludes to the raucous parties hosted by Warhol.

Diamond Dust Shoes (F. & S. II.254) by Andy WarholDiamond Dust Shoes (F. & S. II.254) © Andy Warhol 1980

Throughout his reign as the ’Prince of Pop’, Warhol was both host and participant of some of the most outlandish parties in New York. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, Warhol's Factory became the party destination for the city's celebrities and eccentrics. With empty glasses, bottles of champagne and ashtrays littered on the table, After The Party immortalises one of Warhol's exuberant nights out.

2.

Gluttony underscores the series.

Dollar Sign Quad (F. & S. II.283) by Andy WarholDollar Sign Quad (F. & S. II.283) © Andy Warhol 1982

After The Party documents an array of glasses, champagne and wine bottles, plates of food and ashtrays, which seem to have been abandoned by drunken party guests. The sheer excess of the spread, and the lack of people eating and drinking it, pronounces the gluttony and excess of the party on show.

3.

Warhol's dizzying palette refers to the hazy effects of drugs and alcohol.

After The Party (F. & S. II.183) by Andy WarholAfter The Party (F. & S. II.183) © Andy Warhol 1979

Outlined in a rainbow from left to right, Warhol's cutlery and crockery is animated with the spirit of the party. The colourful outlines, which are intentionally off-centre, speak to the intoxicating effects of the drugs and alcohol being passed around Warhol's parties.

4.

Warhol partied with some of the biggest icons of his time.

Mick Jagger (F. & S. II.138) by Andy WarholMick Jagger (F. & S. II.138) © Andy Warhol 1975

Constantly surrounded by the iconic actors, musicians, fashion designers, and models of his time, it is hardly surprising that Warhol should choose his star-studded friends as his subjects. From Mick Jagger to Martha Graham, Warhol's friendship group was eclectic and inspiring. Though the After The Party prints do not depict any of these famous faces, the works are telling of the good times Warhol shared with them, both behind and in front of the camera.

5.

After The Party was produced when Warhol had fully established the Factory.

Nico in Exploding Plastic Inevitable by Andy WarholImage © IMDb / Nico in Exploding Plastic Inevitable © Andy Warhol 1967

In 1964, Warhol moved his studio to the location that would quickly become known as the Factory. Warhol's Factory was a site of art production, happenings, and debauchery. By the time he created his After The Party series, the Factory had become an iconic landmark for New York's subcultures. Among the Factory's frequenters were Candy Darling, Gerard Malanga, and The Velvet Underground, the latter of which regularly performed at the Factory and were filmed for Warhol's 1966 Exploding Plastic Inevitable.

6.

Each print in the series is unique.

After The Party by Andy WarholImage © Artsy / After The Party © Andy Warhol 1979

Though most prints in the series use the same monochrome background and colourful layered outlines, each work is totally unique. Certain works in the series experiment with bolder colour, revealing Warhol's ceaseless experimentation and painstaking attention to detail.

7.

Warhol started the series with a photograph.

Table Setting by Andy WarholImage © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Table Setting © Andy Warhol 1979

When Warhol created his prints ’from life’, rather than from pre-existing images from mass media, he usually began his process with a photoshoot. In the case of After The Party, Warhol captured the aftermath of one of his flamboyant evenings in real time, before transforming it with psychedelic colour during the screenprinting process.

8.

The series reveals Warhol's fascination with consumption.

Brillo (Pasadena Art Gallery Poster) by Andy WarholBrillo (Pasadena Art Gallery Poster) © Andy Warhol 1970

With roots in commercial advertising, Warhol had always been ingrained in the world of capitalism and consumption. These early years of his career had a profound impact on his art practice, and from the 1960s onwards he increasingly turned his attention to the familiar products of mass-consumption, from Brillo Boxes to Campbell's Soup Cans. In After The Party, this obsession with consumption continued, as Warhol turned his attention to the eating and drinking habits of his A-list friends.

9.

Warhol spent a lot of time partying at Studio 54.

New Years Eve at Studio 54, 1977 by Robin PlatzerImage © Iconic Images / New Years Eve at Studio 54, 1977 © Robin Platzer 1977

Rubbing shoulders with the likes of Jerry Hall and Debbie Harry, Warhol frequented the iconic Studio 54 to be with the famous and beautiful people that inspired his oeuvre. Warhol once said of the iconic nightclub on 254 West 54th Street, ”The key of the success of Studio 54 is that it's a dictatorship at the door and a democracy on the dance floor”, not dissimilar to his own Factory. It is this air of celebrity exclusivity and excess which permeates After The Party.

10.

The series comments on wealth, fame, and excess.

Marilyn I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever by Andy WarholMarilyn I Love Your Kiss Forever Forever © Andy Warhol 1964

With champagne bottles and plates of food haphazardly strewn across the table, After The Party is a snapshot of the wealth and indulgence of Warhol's circle. The series immortalises a night of decadence and debauchery, and is a semi-autobiographical document of Warhol's lifestyle at this time in his life and career.

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