Warhol Up, Man

By: Joel Marino

Last month, an Andy Warhol painting sold in New York for $105.4 million, making it the second most expensive work of art ever auctioned.

Today, we’re going to tell you how to get your very own Warhol for... well, definitely a lot less than that. It’s the Andy Warhol x Flavor Paper Collection, bringing some of the pop artist’s more obscure works to the masses by way of eye-catching wallpaper.

The line is produced by Flavor Paper, a manufacturer known for revitalizing wallpaper through the dreamlike, outré designs they produce out of the Brooklyn workshop they call the Flavor Lair. To celebrate their 10th anniversary, the small company partnered with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, a New York outfit pretty much in charge of safeguarding the artist’s legacy.

And this is big news. The foundation is known for being rather picky when it comes to partnerships. The fact that they opened their entire archive to Flavor Paper and let them choose whatever works they wanted is no small potatoes.

In the end, the printers went with nine of the artist’s works, which they’ve remixed and stretched to cover any bare surface imaginable. But don’t expect Campbell’s soup cans here. The line is made up of Warhol’s lesser-known masterpieces, including a 1963 silkscreen print of a dizzying crowd (which Flavor Paper has updated by including a striped-shirt-wearing Warhol lost in the masses, à la Waldo) and a foggy still from his six-hour-long movie of the Empire State Building.

“Isn’t life a series of images that change as they repeat themselves?” Warhol once famously said.  Well, we’ll take these beautifully repeated images into our lives any time of the day—or night, for that matter.

Joel Marino is a NYC-based freelance writer and editor who enjoys traveling and saying “I told you so” as much as possible. When not writing, he spends his time on a never-ending quest to find the perfect empanada.