Peter Halley

IN THE EARLY ’80S, THERE WERE PROBABLY A HALF DOZEN artists, all of them very different from one another, who claimed a relationship to Warhol. I thought my work had something to do with Warhol, but so did Julian Schnabel. Warhol was one of the first artists to see the photographic image as the subject of a work of art. He was virtually unconcerned with anything tangible, real, or lived. For him, the photograph became reality, or his touchstone to reality.

I read Interview religiously in the ’70s. I was fascinated by it—both the idea of the interview and the range of people the magazine covered. Warhol barely edited, he pretty much printed whatever he had on tape. Warhol always said that if you wanted to stay in circulation and have people notice you, you had to have something to offer them. In a funny way there’s a nice moral there: If you want people to do anything for you, you have to

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