January 19, 2021

Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni on ‘After Andy’

PARIS — A “mammoth-verging-on-monstrous,” 15-foot-tall painting of Chinese Communist leader Mao Zedong by Andy Warhol on display at the Art Institute of Chicago in the summer of 2014 triggered the idea for Natasha Fraser-Cavassoni’s latest book: “After Andy, Adventures in Warhol Land.”
In the superfun memoir, Fraser-Cavassoni leads the reader on her adventures as a blossoming London “It” girl, and her encounters with movers and shakers from the art, fashion and celebrity worlds orbiting Warhol, with the visionary Pop artist serving as the linking thread. (Sofia Coppola, Simon Doonan and Diane von Furstenberg provided thumbs-up reviews for the book’s yellow-and-pink jacket.)
“Andy is Cheshire catlike,” says the author in an interview in the run-up to her New York book launch at NeueHouse Madison Square today, where she will celebrate the release in conversation with fellow author and art historian William Middleton.
Fraser-Cavassoni in her early 20s was the last person hired to work at the Warhol studio, one of the “English Muffins” — the term coined for well-born British women recruited by the artist, who died unexpectedly four days after her start date.
In an interview with WWD at the Crillon hotel in Paris, she recalls her final encounter with Warhol two days before his passing.

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