Andy Warhol had a thought (in actual fact, he had more than just one) and he wasn’t afraid to convey it. Before Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons came along, contemporary art’s household bad boy, was none other than the great and late Andy Warhol. While his silkscreen images of Marilyn Monroe in Marilyn Diptych and Campbell Soup Cans are one of the most pervasive art images around, when he first transgressed outside commercial art, inspired by other Pop Art movement key figures such as Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg, he shocked and offended some by offering an alternative point of view on art– that art doesn’t necessarily have to be a mean to convey intimate emotions. Warhol blurred the lines between commercialism and art, and his signature silk-screen methods dethroned the concept that art is singular and rare.
Sure, Warhol was le enfant terrible when it comes to creating art, but in real life, when he is not sculpting or painting or printing, he was most often spotted at parties. And, he is one of the rare forerunners of artists (Jeff Koons would follow suit) who has established himself as a cult figure and social butterfly. A big fan of parties, Warhol was a frequent purveyor of the legendary Studio 54, and as he has once mentioned, one of his favorite things to do is to drink Dom Pérignon with his friends there.
One of Warhol’s favorite stories about Dom Pérignon was when he and his friends founded the “2,000″ club– a group of 20 people coming together to purchase 2,000 bottles of Dom Pérignon and will be drinking them together to celebrate the millennium. For them, the running joke was who would be around to drink it, but sadly, Warhol wasn’t there to celebrate the millennium by popping a copious amount of champagne.
As a tribute to one of the most influential artists and cultural figure, Dom Pérignon has teamed up with the Andy Warhol Foundation and enlisted the help of the Design Laboratory at Central St. Martin’s School of Art and Design to reinterpret the timeless Dom Pérignon bottle. Of course, Warhol’s colorful silk screen touches have been adopted to made over these bottles. The collection of bottles will be vintage 2002 Dom Pérignon champagne, and will come in three colors– red, blue and yellow. The collection is limited in run, and will be available for the public starting October 15 at fine purveyors across the nation.
Enjoy a video created for this collaborative collection, and remember, while Warhol does champion that art can be replicated, this may be the only way that one can come as close to partying like Warhol.