Bond No. 9's Andy Warhol Newest Release
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Andy Warhol by Bond No. 9, the latest in Bond No. 9’s Warhol series, celebrates the boho-mod life and times of the iconic artist himself.
World-famous for his silkscreen portraits of Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Mao,
Jackie O, John Lennon, and Princess Di, among other celebrities whose photos he burnished for posterity in the Pop Art style he pioneered, Andy Warhol also frequently recorded his own tow-headed image throughout his career. His angular, dispassionate face, sometimes framed in sunglasses, is perhaps more familiar not only to the art world, but to the general public, than any other artist’s in history.
At Bond No. 9, this got us thinking about the direction of the sixth in our series of Andy
Warhol fragrances, most of which have celebrated specific New York locations—from Union Square to Montauk—where the artist lived and worked. Not only have Warhol’s celebrity portraits never been as sought after as they are in 2011, but the artist himself is today better known and more quickly recognized than even in his lifetime—far exceeding any 15 minutes of fame.
So the time was right for an eau de parfum that’s an ode to Warhol himself, with an
image of the artist himself on the bottle. The picture we chose, repeated on each side, is a photo-booth portrait of a youngish, clean-cut, Mad Man-esque Warhol, circa 1963 - 1964, when he was 35, wearing sunglasses, along with the era’s essential trench coat, white business shirt, and tie. Photomat pictures like this one, whose images are repeated with or without subtle variations from shot to shot, opened up a new creative approach for Warhol, as was soon evidenced in his series and multi-panel portraits—such as his Jackie and flower paintings. What’s more, this bottle design happens to be a contemporary variant of the ancient Janus-faced motif. (In
numerous art works, Janus, the god of beginnings and transitions, is depicted as having two faces, one looking ahead, the other looking back.)
The Andy Warhol by Bond No. 9 scent (androgynous, of course) kicks off with fresh and lively Italian bergamot zest and peach juice—which are quickly juxtaposed with red rose, peach juice, and spicy cumin, having their luscious say. The heart of this brew is a Warholian mix of mischief mingled with eros: Honeyed centifolia rose, white patchouli and cistus ambre (a Mediterranean shrub with a woody, smoky, plum-like kick similar to that of amber itself), play off against outspoken jasmine, lemony-spicy frankincense, and riveting oud. Then when we reach the drydown, we’re in full-throttle late ‘60s aphrodisiac territory, with a blend of sultry amber, intense red sandalwood, mulled plum, Madagascar vanilla bean, and—not least—musk.
Andy Warhol by Bond no.9 is available now and is sold at Bond No. 9’s six New York stores, Saks Fifth Avenue, and bondno9.com.
Price: 100 ml, $260; 50ml, $180.
About The Andy Warhol Foundation
As the preeminent American artist of the 20th century, Andy Warhol challenged the world to see art differently. The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. is a New York not-for-profit corporation established in 1987, that promotes the visual arts. In accordance with Andy Warhol's will, its mission is the advancement of the visual arts. The Foundation's objective is to foster innovative artistic expression and the creative process by encouraging and supporting cultural organizations that in turn, directly or indirectly, support artists and their work. The Foundation has given out over $120 million in cash grants since 1987. For more information, visit, www.warholfoundation.org.
About Bond No. 9
In business for seven years, Bond No. 9 is an edgy downtown perfumery, committed to designing artisanal scented evocations of the neighborhoods and streets of New York—from Riverside Drive to Chinatown to Coney Island. An impassioned client base advises us on which parts of town they’d like us to do next. Our Warhol series of collectibles, beginning with Andy Warhol’s Silver Factory in 2007, will celebrate the New York locales this late 20th century artist made his own, as well as the sensibilities he bequeathed on this city.