The Scene: Pittsburgh boy Warhola was a regular on the New York nightlife scene of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, with regular haunts at clubs like Max’s Kansas City and Studio 54. Though he was shy in person, his coterie of famous friends ranged from Lee Radziwell to Jean-Michel Basquiat to Truman Capote. Though James Franco is more often found (sleeping?) in class in a masters program at Columbia, he took some time off this December to schmooze around the annual art fair clusterfuck in Miami, mingling with ingenue Leigh Lezark, curator Klaus Biesenbach, and socialite Daphne Guinness. Don’t forget his built-in Hollywood cred.
Pop Culture as High Art: The same dude who starred in stoner flick Pineapple Express is also pals with edgy performance artist Marina Abramović, and he name checks other performers like Tino Seghal, Claire Fontaine, Allen Kaprow, and Ryan Trecartin. As a graduate candidate in the MFA program at New York’s iviest university, Franco is hopefully bringing some intellectualism to his portrayal of Allen Ginsberg in upcoming biopic Howl. As for Andy Warhol? This is the man who turned Pop Art into legitimate art, arguably influencing every contemporary artist on the planet. Including, apparently, James Franco.