A Brief Survey of Celebrities and Artists Dressed as Andy Warhol


Andy Warhol’s art was all about reappropriation and recontextualization, so the many pop-culture portrayals of the artist seem like the best possible tribute. Everyone from Guy Pearce to David Bowie has done Warhol on the big screen, and today an image of Saturday Night Live’s Bill Hader playing the role in Men in Black III is making the rounds. (Side note: Anyone have a clue what Warhol is even doing in this movie?) Artists have also been known to don the white wig for conceptual commentaries on pop art — and, sometimes, celebrities get dolled up as Warhol just for kicks (or magazine covers). Check out some notable impersonations after the jump.

Bill Hader in Men in Black III

We didn’t expect much, but Hader might just nail the look! The red tinge on his pale skin is promising.

Matt and Kim as Andy Warhol and Edie Sedgwick [Image via]

Yeah, we’ll buy it — even though these two have a relationship that’s miles away from Andy and Edie’s.

Jared Harris in I Shot Andy Warhol

The gold standard for faux Warhols on film: a perfect combination of pop detachment, ennui, and some vaguely helpless quality we always associated with Warhol.

Douglas Gordon

A close-up view of the tiny (2 1/4” x 1 3/4”) photo in Gordon’s Self Portrait as Kurt Cobain as Andy Warhol as Myra Hindley as Marilyn Monroe (1996). Point taken.

David Bowie in Basquiat

Yes, he looks a whole lot more like David Bowie than Andy Warhol. But… David Bowie playing Andy Warhol! Respect!

Marc Jacobs in Interview

Sad clown.

Laura Cosoi [Image via]

A self-portrait from her Andy Warhol Project. Badass.

Guy Pearce in Factory Girl

Bet Andy Warhol wished he had cheekbones like that!


And finally, our favorite “celebrity” Warhol. Pardon us for including the rest of the images in this series. They are too wonderful to crop out.