Press Release The Warhol Announces Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls Book

The cover of "Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls" book. The cover has a black and white image of Andy Warhol in dark sunglasses. To his left is a woman with dark hair. In front of him is a woman with dark hair and a blonde haired woman. They are all looking off to the right. "Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls" is printed overtop of the photo.

Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls book cover

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Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Andy Warhol Museum announces Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls, an in depth look at Warhol’s most famous film The Chelsea Girls including numerous stills from the newly digitized film, never-before-published transcripts, unpublished archival materials, and expanded information about each of the individual films that comprise Warhol’s most well-known film. The hardcover, 328 page, 9 in. x 12 in. illustrated book, published by Distributed Art Publishers, Inc., retails for $65.00 and will be released in April 2018.

Andy Warhol’s seminal 1966 film The Chelsea Girls is an iconic document of the Factory scene and 1960s New York. Filmed in part at the Chelsea Hotel with Factory Superstars like Nico, Ondine, Brigid Berlin, Gerard Malanga and Mary Woronov, The Chelsea Girls was Warhol’s first commercially successful film, as well as the first underground movie by any director to screen in first-run theaters, playing nationally and around the world for more than two years. Featuring Warhol Superstars performing “everyday” activities like chatting with friends, lounging in bed, cutting their hair, and shooting amphetamines, the film mesmerized viewers with its characters’ dark, inherent glamour. Quite simply, there had never been anything like it before. “In one film alone,” an early reviewer noted, “[Warhol] has sadism, masochism, whipping, transvestites, homos, prostitutes, a homosexual ‘Pope,’ boredom, stunningly beautiful girls, depravity, humor, ‘psychedelics,’ truth, honesty, liars, poseurs….”

In honor of the 24th anniversary of The Warhol, the publication of Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls coincides with a major project undertaken by the museum to digitize hundreds of the artist’s well-known and never-before-seen films.

Designed by world-renowned graphic design firm Matsumoto Incorporated, the book is an in-depth, deluxe treatment of the 12-reel, split-screen film, The Chelsea Girls. The film’s alternation of sound between the left and right screens is reproduced in the publication’s complete, as-heard transcript printed directly alongside imagery from the corresponding reels on silver metallic paper to evoke an authentic experience of the film. Also included are previously unpublished transcriptions of unheard reels. Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls is a beautifully produced document of a legendary movie and a mythic moment.

“I never liked the idea of picking out certain scenes and pieces of time and putting them together,” Warhol said, “because then it ends up being different from what really happened—it’s just not like life.… What I liked was chunks of time all together, every real moment.… I only wanted to find great people and let them be themselves and talk about what they usually talked about and I’d film them for a certain length of time and that would be the movie.”

The book was edited with text by Geralyn Huxley and Greg Pierce. It includes a forward by Rajendra Roy, an essay by Gus Van Sant and contributions by Patrick Moore and Signe Warner Watson.

Geralyn Huxley, is the curator of film and video at The Andy Warhol Museum, and Greg Pierce, is the associate curator of film and video, The Andy Warhol Museum. In addition to curating film and video exhibitions, Huxley and Pierce oversee the film digitization project, in conjunction with The Museum of Modern Art, as well as the maintenance and preservation of The Warhol’s vast video collection. Geralyn Huxley is the co-author of Andy Warhol Treasures and author of numerous essays. Greg Pierce is also the custodian of The Orgone Archive in Pittsburgh, PA.

Gus Van Sant, acclaimed director and screenwriter, has widely acknowledged Andy Warhol to be one of his most significant influences. He is best known for directing the Hollywood mega-hit Good Will Hunting, which won two Academy Awards. His film Milk, based on the life and death of Harvey Milk, was nominated for eight academy awards and won two. In addition, Van Sant directed Drugstore Cowboy, My Private Idaho, and To Die For, among many films.

Rajendra Roy is Chief Curator of Film at MoMA, responsible for the selection and archiving of film. In collaboration with colleagues at MoMA and partner institutions, he has organized exhibitions including Bruce LaBruce (2015), Wim Wenders (2015), The Weimar Touch (2013), The Berlin School: Films from the Berliner Schule (2013), Tim Burton (2011), and Mike Nichols (2009). Served on numerous juries and selection committees for organizations such as the Sundance Film Festival, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, South by Southwest (SXSW) and the Gotham Independent Film Awards. Former Director of Programming (2002–06) and Artistic Director (2006–07) for the Hamptons International Film Festival. Member of the Competition Selection Committee of the Berlin International Film Festival (2004-2008), and he continues to serve as an advisor to that festival.


The Warhol receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania; the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency; and The Heinz Endowments. Further support is provided by the Allegheny Regional Asset District.

The Andy Warhol Museum

Located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the place of Andy Warhol’s birth, The Andy Warhol Museum holds the largest collection of Warhol’s artworks and archival materials and is one of the most comprehensive single-artist museums in the world. The Warhol is one of the four Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh.

Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh

Established in 1895 by Andrew Carnegie, Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh is a collection of four distinctive museums: Carnegie Museum of Art, Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Carnegie Science Center, and The Andy Warhol Museum. The museums reach more than 1.4 million people a year through exhibitions, educational programs, outreach activities, and special events.

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Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls book cover

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The cover of "Andy Warhol's The Chelsea Girls" book. The cover has a black and white image of Andy Warhol in dark sunglasses. To his left is a woman with dark hair. In front of him is a woman with dark hair and a blonde haired woman. They are all looking off to the right. "Andy Warhol's Chelsea Girls" is printed overtop of the photo.

Andy Warhol’s The Chelsea Girls book cover

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Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Mary Woronov. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A film still of a woman with long, red hair and wearing a white shirt with a black and white polka dot tie. She is looking straight at the camera.

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Mary Woronov. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Susan Bottomly. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A black and white film still of a closeup of a woman with long, dark hair, smiling and looking a little to the left of the camera. She has dangling earrings on that are balls with polka dots.

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Susan Bottomly. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Nico. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A black and white film still of a closeup of a woman with blonde hair. She has scissors in her hand and is cutting her bangs of her hair while looking into a pocket mirror that she is holding.

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Nico. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Brigid Berlin. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A black and white film still of a woman looking off to the left of the frame. She is sitting on what seems to be a floor in front of a bed. Her arms are up on the bed. Someone off the right of the frame is spraying hairspray into her short, light-colored hair.

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Brigid Berlin. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured, left to right: Ingrid Superstar, Susan Bottomly, Eric Emerson, George Millaway. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A film still of two women and one man. The image captures them from the waist or chest up. The woman on the left of the frame has short, blonde hair and is looking down and smiling. She's wearing a blue shirt and a pearl necklace. The woman next to her has long, dark hair with daffodils pinned in various places throughout, and is wearing a green shirt. She is looking at the woman in the blue shirt and smiling. The man in front of the woman with the green shirt has long, blonde hair and is wearing a blue t-shirt. He is looking at the woman with the blue shirt on. The man in the right of the frame has short, blonde hair and a black and white t-shirt on. He is looking off to the right of the frame.

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured, left to right: Ingrid Superstar, Susan Bottomly, Eric Emerson, George Millaway. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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Andy Warhol, “3 Min. Mary Might,” 1966. Pictured, clockwise from top left: George Millaway, Ronnie Cutrone, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, unidentified man. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A black and white film still of three men and a woman lying on a surface. Only their heads down to their chests are in the frame. The men on the left have short hair and are looking up towards the ceiling. One man is wearing a button down shirt. The other is shirtless. On the right side of the frame, the other man, who has short, dark hair and is wearing a necklace, is pressing the neck and licking the face of the woman laying in front of him. The woman has light hair and her eyes are closed.

Andy Warhol, “3 Min. Mary Might,” 1966. Pictured, clockwise from top left: George Millaway, Ronnie Cutrone, Angelina “Pepper” Davis, unidentified man. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Nico. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum

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A film still of a closeup of a woman's face. She is looking towards the left of the frame and has her chin up. She has blonde hair and green, purple and white colored lights are being projected onto her face. The background is black.

Andy Warhol, The Chelsea Girls, 1966. Pictured: Nico. ©2017 The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh, PA, a museum of Carnegie Institute. All rights reserved. Film stills courtesy The Andy Warhol Museum