Netflix has announced The Andy Warhol Diaries, a brand-new, six-part biographical documentary series premiering on March 9, 2022, chronicling the life of artist Andy Warhol. Posthumously presented by the pop art visionary himself, his visual diary entries tell the tale of his unbelievably diverse journey fluidly moving between mediums and through eras as an artist.
Executively produced by Ryan Murphy, Josh Braun, Stanley Buchthal, Andrew Rossi, Alexis Martin Woodall, and Scott Robertson, the series promises to offer a never-before-seen vantage point showcasing the reclusive Warhol’s journey, from his Pittsburgh roots to his evolution as an artist, director, producer, pop culture icon and more, uncovering the artist from the art.
Directed by Rossi, the show’s first trailer reveals Warhol himself as a narrator of the series, his narrative performance created by cutting-edge AI technology through a combination of his voice and that of actor Bill Irwin. “Find Andy as you’ve never heard him before,” Rossi stated in a tweet highlighting the announcement. “11 years in the making, I’m so honored that the series I wrote & directed on, is coming to Netflix,” he adds.
The Abstract Submarine-produced series’ official synopsis states that it will reveal “much about the very complex man through his own words…and those who worked, created, and played alongside him from the subversive to the mainstream, from John Waters to Rob Lowe.” Additionally, it promises that it will deftly validate Warhol’s belief that the idea is not to live forever, but to create art that will.
Warhol, who was a commercial illustrator, rose to fame through his New York art studio, The Factory, a glamorous hangout that celebrated auteurs, drag queens, Hollywood celebrities, and the clique of artists known as Warhol superstars. Some of his best-known visual works include the Campbell’s Soup Cans paintings and the Marilyn Diptych, and the experimental films Empire and Chelsea Girls. Warhol is also celebrated as a gay icon, living as an openly gay man before the gay liberation movement that started in the late 60s.
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