After I heard of his death this past Sunday, Lou Reed has been on my mind. I'm not sure what I was looking for initially, but I started looking up house tours that feature works by Andy Warhol (Warhol was the Velvet Underground’s manager, and Lou Reed credited his career to him). What I came to find was that people are continually incorporating Warhol into their homes in creative ways, making work that is so well-known and mass produced feel fresh and interesting.
The way people showcase Warhol reminds me of a great rock n’ roll song: sure, everyone can access it, but it feels like you’re the first one in the world to discover it, like it belongs to you. So, in this albeit left-field way, celebrating the far-reaching influence of the Factory scene on our modern aesthetic is my way of celebrating that scene’s cantankerous troubadour, a man who lived his life in art, Lou Reed.