"The Hoppers were wonderful to us. Peter Fonda was at the party that night--in those days he looked like a preppy mathematician. Dean Stockwell, John Saxon, Robert Walker Jr., Russ Tamblyn, Sal Mineo, Troy Donahue and Suzanne Pleshette--everybody in Hollywood I'd wanted to meet was there. Joints were going around and everyone was dancing to the songs we'd been hearing on the car radio all across the country. The party was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me. I only wished I brought my Bolex along.
After a dazzling party like that, my art opening was bound to seem tame, and anyway, movies were pure fun, art was work. But still, it was thrilling to see the Ferus Gallery with the Elvises in the front room and the Lizes in back. Very few people on the coast knew or cared about contemporary art, and the press for my show wasn't too good. I always have to laugh, though, when I think of how Hollywood called Pop Art a put-on! Hollywood?? I mean, when you look at the kind of movies they were making then--those were supposed to be real (Andy Warol as quoted in (K. McKenna, The Ferus Gallery, A Place to Begin, Göttingen, 2009, p. 269).
For the invitation to the above party see lot 308.