Andy Warhol was the consumate blogger even without the internet. He documented both important events and mundane details through audiotaped telephone conversations totallying over 3000 recordings. In the fall of 1976, Warhol started the daily habit of phoning his secretary Pat Hackett around 9:00 am. As Warhol talked, Hackett transcribed his monologue onto a legal pad. He would tell her the various happenings of the previous day. If he was traveling, he would call from wherever he was or reconstruct the missed days upon his return. Later that morning Hackett used a typewriter to create diary pages. Warhol’s initial intention was to use these set of entries primarily as a tax expense record for the IRS. Hackett realized that the tax logs contained rich material that could become the ultimate portrait of Warhol. Hackett condensed more than 20,000 of Warhol’s diary pages into an 807-page book called The Andy Warhol Diaries, which begins on November 24, 1976 and ends a few days before Warhol’s untimely death on February 22, 1987. This book was innovative in its straightforward and unedited voice.
The Set is a new blog from The Andy Warhol Museum which is being developed in the spirit of The Andy Warhol Diaries and will give readers a glimpse into some of the personal perspectives or diaries, if you will, of the contemporary art world. Chosen by Director Eric Shiner, an artist, collector, designer or other figure in the contemporary art scene is featured in rotation. The featured blogger has full control of the blog from Monday through Friday, and may post photos, text, videos or other media for readers.
Various entries may contain adult content.