Michael Wallis Interviews Andy Warhol

Posted on Sunday, June 5th, 2011 in Photos

Michael Wallis Interviews Andy Warhol

In 1980, while working as a Special Correspondent in Time Magazine’s Caribbean Bureau based in Miami, Michael Wallis covered iconic Pop artist Andy Warhol’s visit to Miami Beach. Warhol’s series of silk-screen prints called “10 Portraits of Jews of the 20th Century,” depicting such luminaries as Gertrude Sten, the Marx brothers, and Albert Einstein, had just opened at the Lowe Art Museum in nearby Coral Gables. Warhol also was keenly interested in seeing the stunning architecture of the Art Deco district that was just emerging in the South Beach area thanks to the efforts of the Miami Design Preservation League (MDPL), founded by Barbara Baer Capitman, a noted preservationist. Wallis was not only working as a journalist in the area at that time but also was a member of the MDPL and a close friend of Ms. Capitman.

“My fondest memory of the several days I spent in Warhol’s company,” recalls Wallis, “was how he enjoyed taking photos of all the photographers who appeared wherever we went during his stay in the Miami area. He carried his own small camera and constantly used it to snap pictures of the restored hotels of South Beach as well as the journalists on his trail.”