DAVID LACHAPELLE

Andy Warhol: Last Sitting

  • medium Photograph on C-print, paper, diasec
  • edition 1/10
  • size 17.50w x 23.00h in
  • created 1986
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Notes

COA: This work comes with a certificate of Authenticity from West Chelsea Contemporary
Exhibited At: Milan, Palazzo Reale, David LaChapelle, September 25, 2007 – January 6, 2008, p. 21 (another example exhibited and illustrated

Collection Note:

After a chance encounter with Andy Warhol, David LaChapelle landed a position at Warhol’s Interview Magazine at age 17. He continued to work on every issue of the magazine until Warhol died in 1987.

Andy Warhol: The Last Sitting is the last ever photograph taken of the legendary artist.

LaChapelle describes the experience: “I shot the picture in Andy’s office. I placed two Bibles on either side to frame the photo. On Sundays, he would be walked to church by my friend Wilfredo [the fashion editor of Interview], who worked for Benjamin Liu [also a friend of Andy]. Andy went to church pretty much every Sunday. He was in New York since he had been shot. This was also around the time he was painting the “Last Supper” series. I remember this so clearly because those paintings were huge and magnificent. They greatly impacted me; it was one of the few times I ever got to see Andy painting with a brush in hand. Andy’s dear friend and mine, Paige Powell, set up the shoot and photographed me photographing Andy. She photographed Andy photographing everything. It was funny because the two of them were always taking pictures; she has many pictures of Andy taking pictures. This is before everyone began documenting everything with their telephone cameras. Of course, no one knew it was to be Andy’s last portrait, although Wilfredo told me Andy kept talking about not coming out of the hospital, but [he was being admitted for] a minor thing, a complication I suppose from the assassination attempt in ’68. But apparently, he really was insistent that he was not going to come back from the hospital. And sure enough, he died there from a mistake the hospital made. Its true artists are very intuitive about these kinds of things, especially I think their own deaths.”