Two Hours, 17 Artists, and 18 Jackets for the Andy Warhol Museum

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Published November 8, 2010

 

MOTORCYCLE JACKETS BY (FROM LEFT) JANE DICKSON, TOM SACHS, AND JEAN-PHILIPPE DELHOMME ARE AMONG THOSE TO BE AUCTIONED AT CHRISTIE’S TONIGHT. PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHRISTIE’S AND THE ARTISTS

This evening from 7–9 p.m., Christie’s New York will auction off 18 motorcycle jackets, painted by 17 artists, to benefit a cause obviously dear to Interview‘s heart: the Andy Warhol Museum. The event is curated by Glenn O’Brien and brought together by the Sisley Art Project. Among those expected to attend are hosts Jane Holzer, Jay Johnson, Peter Marino and Tony Shafrazi, as well as Hope Atherton, Milly de Cabrol, William Coupon, Olivier Zahm, Stefano Tonchi and others.

“Andy Warhol is—not was, but is—the avatar of modernity. As the typical outsider, he learned the rules of society and fashion, subsequently changed those rules to fit his ‘canvas’ and later came to see all of his art and life as one big branding exercise. However, he always believed in the luminous power of the work of art and of the sensual beauty which was its main handmaiden,” explains Thomas Sokolowski, director of the Andy Warhol Museum.

“I love the jacket done by Tom Sachs,” Sokolowski adds [ABOVE, CENTER]. “He is always so audacious. What verve and nerve, to burn the jacket so that it is unwearable. Yet, how brilliant if we think of Sachs’ jacket as some sort of reliquario in an Italian chapel somewhere in Palermo, Sicilia, dedicated to a local rebel who died wearing his jacket!”

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SISLEY ART PROJECT, AND TONIGHT’S AUCTION, HERE.