15 Artists Alongside Their Cat Best Friends

Ailurophile, cat lovers, are known for being less traditional, aloof, eccentric and more creative than most people. It is no surprise that many legendary artists such as Frida Kahlo, Salvador Dalí, and Andy Warhol among others shared their life with a feline companion. 

Alison Nastasi has compiled a list of intimate portraits of over 50 famous artists in her book Artists and Their Cats. In the introduction of her book Nastasi writes:

“Many artists buck notions of a stereotypical temperament, but researchers have long speculated that creative individuals share common attributes—which mirror those of cats.”

Overall Artists and Their Cats captures many artists tender relationship with their fury friends, accompanied with engaging text. 

1. Salvador Dalí

World Telegram & Sun photo by Roger Higgins, image courtesy of Library of Congress

2. Andy Warhol

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

3.Jean-Michel Basquiat

James van der Zee / 1982

4. Henri Matisse

Photo by Robert Capa, International Center of Photography, Magnum Photos

5. Pablo Picasso 

Photograph by Carlos Nadal, 1960; © Estate of Pablo Picasso / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

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Andy Warhol died on this day in 1987. Which notable public figures do you think he would depict in a portrait if he were still alive? 

[Andy Warhol. Self-Portrait. 1966. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2016 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]


We did our soft launch for the Hard Fifty Farm Zine Mobile yesterday at the Johnson County Resource Library in Overland Park, KS. Had to make some last minute adjustments on account of the wind but I think it went pretty well overall. Had close to 100 visitors. Liam and Jack got bored and ditched us to hang out with the steampunks inside making eye patches! ;) I’ve got lots of ideas for how to make this better moving forward. 

Huge thanks to the Charlotte Street Foundation, the Andy Warhol Foundation, the Spencer Museum of Art and the Johnson County Library for helping us get this project rolling!

3 reasons why you need to get to Melbourne this summer:

1. The weather is some of the best you’ll witness this side of the southern hemisphere. Bars and drinks, anyone?

2. The eateries and restaurants are on trend with their food offerings. Ricotta hotcakes, 48 hour slow cooked lamb, liquor poached pear. Need we say more?

3. The NGV (National Gallery of Victoria) plays host to this season’s hottest exhibition -  a co-lab between Andy Warhol and Ai Wei Wei. Think pop art. Think retro vs. modern take on life. 

For more information about the exhibition visit this page.

Seen here a number by Andy Warhol

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Now on view: Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967 explores this signature work in the artist’s career alongside the art Warhol created before and after.  

[Installation view of Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967 at The Museum of Modern Art, April 25–October 12, 2015. All works by Andy Warhol. © 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation/ARS, NY/TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup Co. All rights reserved. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York]



The buzz is Converse is dropping an Andy Warhol All Star Collection this January.  There’s going to be a limited edition run of only 200 pairs sold within the US.

I’m excited …for now.  But I know what’s coming, most of these Converses will end up in plexiglass boxes in collector’s houses. The only stores that will actually carry a pair, will be in Manhattan, NY.  I will continue to dream of owning a pair only to be driven to Ebay where the disappointment will continue as the opening bid is a whopping $800.00 dollars or more.

All the other collaborations were just as thrilling; the Lichtenstein, Hirst.  There was even a Nate Lowman collaboration; he had Converses cut from his actual canvas reinterpretations of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning’s “Marilyn Monroe” (1954). I understood the $2500 price tag for those – I mean, it took 10 hours to construct each pair.

I just prefer the PR around these Converse artist collaborations to be a little more forthcoming. How about:

Converse will launch a new limited-edition series of sneakers, the Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol, featuring a selection of beloved Warhol prints – Good Luck Getting a Pair.

The new Andy Warhol x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Collection kicks are for looking at and sighing; you will never actually wear a pair.

Converse…please just be like the Pop Shop and mass produce wearable art that people actually have a chance at owning.

That is all – my rant is over.

“Audubon to Warhol: The Art of American Still Life” takes a fresh approach to the subject, revealing the genre’s astonishing variety. Explore the different eras of American still life in this beautiful exhibition.

LAST CHANCE: Book online now and save $5 with code A2WDEAL.

Brillo Boxes,” 1964, Andy Warhol © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

This week at MoMA: Warhol-inspired art making workshops, Gilbert & George: The Early Years opens, a special Mother’s Day tour, and more. 

[Installation view of Andy Warhol: Campbell’s Soup Cans and Other Works, 1953–1967 at The Museum of Modern Art, April 25–October 12, 2015. Photo: Jonathan Muzikar. © 2015 The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Shown: Andy Warhol. Marilyn Monroe. 1967. Portfolio of 10 screenprints, each composition and sheet: 36 x 36″ (91.5 x 91.5 cm). The Museum of Modern Art. Publisher: Factory Additions, New York. Printer: Aetna Silkscreen Products Inc., New York. Edition: 250. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. David Whitney, 1968. © 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]



I bet a lot of these Andy Warhol Bugaboo will start cropping up in the parks this summer - where the cool babies meet for even cooler play dates.

It’s not the first artist inspired baby accessory Bugaboo has put out, but the 1966 Velvet Underground album cover design is their latest collaboration with the Andy Warhol foundation and slickest one yet. 

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MoMA is closed on Thanksgiving, but open the rest of the holiday weekend. Come see Picasso, Pollock, and more! 

[The Museum of Modern Art, New York, November 2015. Shown: Andy Warhol. Ten-Foot Flowers. 1967. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]


More Art Monday: Springtime

We’ve got about a week left of March—let’s hope those winter days are well behind us and that we have nothing to look forward to but April showers and May flowers!

The Orchard Window,” 1918, Daniel Garber

Butterflies, Pair of Hanging Scrolls,” Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), 19th century, Nam Kye-woo

Spring,” 1901, Alfred Stieglitz © The Georgia O’Keeffe Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Two Calla Lilies on Pink,” 1928, Georgia O'Keeffe, © The Georgia O'Keeffe Foundation / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

Girl with Flowers (Spring),” c. 1790, Artist/maker unknown, German

Flowers,” 1964, Andy Warhol © Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York

What's the official term for 'grammar Nazi'?

Proofreader?  Dunno.  But I am one.  Reading through the Warhol Foundation’s Andy Warhol Biography, I found TWO grammatical errors.

“Operating out of a silver-painted, and foil-draped studio nicknamed The Factory, located at 231 East 47th Street, (his second studio space to hold that title), Warhol embraced work in film and video.”

Whatchu doin’ there, little comma?  The comma after ‘silver-painted’ needs to go.  Commas go in lists–which comprise three or more objects–or in a comma-conjunction structure, which this is not.  All grammar rules (concerning the comma) are made to be broken, and in this case, there doesn’t need to be a comma before the 'and,’ because said 'and’ links two descriptive terms, not two independent clauses.

“Despite a brief self-declared retirement from painting following an exhibition of Flowers in Paris, Warhol continued to make sculptures (including the well known screenprinted boxes with the logos of Brillo and Heinz Ketchup) prints, and films.”

There needs to be a comma after the parenthetical.  Parenthetical phrases by their very nature can be lifted out of the text, and the sentence needs to be grammatically correct without it.  This sentence, without the parenthetical, reads, “…Warhol continued to make sculptures prints, and films."  Yeah.  Needs a comma.

Happy birthday to one of the founding fathers of Pop Art Andy Warhol! Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes” premiered in 1964 and are still confounding people today. In being such precise replications of their subject, they are nearly indistinguishable from the real thing. This tête-à-tête between consumer product and art has inspired art and artists to this day.

See Warhol’s “Brillo Boxes” in our current exhibition, “In Dialogue: Wolfgang Tillmans” through October 26.

Brillo Boxes,” 1964, by Andy Warhol (© Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)