Art on this Day
American Artist and former Warhol superstar Brigid Berlin Was born on this day in 1939.
Born to socialite parents, Muriel “Honey” Berlin and Richard E. Berlin, into a world of Manhattan privilege Brigid Berlin met Andy Warhol in 1964 After several years as a reluctant debutante and a failed marriage She quickly became a central member of his entourage and appeared in several of Warhol’s films including Chelsea Girls, in which she is seen injecting herself while performing a monologue, and Ciao! Manhattan which starredEdie Sedgwick.
Berlin was complicit in one of Warhol’s most infamous pranks when Warhol announced that all of his paintings were the work of Berlin which she confirmed in an interview with TIme. However the prank led to a drop in the value of Warhol’s work and both parties eventually retracted their statements.
Brigid Berlin’s art work has been argued by many to have been both influential to Andy Warhol’s artwork and simultaneously overshadowed by Warhol’s celebrity and own artwork. The Tit Prints are arguably Berlin’s most infamous work. Created using her bare breasts. Berlin would dip her breasts into multiple colored paints and then create a print by pressing them down onto canvas/paper she would also publicly create these works integrating visual art and performance art.
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