Andy Warhol and Other Presidents of the U.S.A., 1975

Mixed Media with Sugar Cubes

Lil Picard Collection, University of Iowa Museum of Art   646.1999

In 1965 Lil Picard met Andy Warhol at the Stable Gallery through the poet Gerard Malanga, who was also Warhol’s assistant and collaborator. More than one group photograph taken at The Factory includes Picard. She was an avid Warhol and Factory fan and had close relationships with several of Warhol’s actors, including Brigid Berlin (Polk). Picard’s sense of what an artist was came from 1920s Berlin café society and she was attracted to The Factory because it was similarly an avant-garde community. Picard’s performance Construction-Destruction-Construction (C-D-C) was staged and filmed by Warhol at The Factory. Part of the C-D-C film was included in Warhol’s 1968 film **** (Four stars). Picard wrote about Warhol for various publications and she also wrote for Interview, beginning in 1969 when it was founded by Warhol and Wilcock. The Lil Picard Papers includes several Warhol Polaroids of Picard.