Ronnie Cutrone died on Sunday, July 21, in New York. He was 65. Cutrone was an artist who might be best known for being Andy Warhol’s assistant at the factory for 8 years beginning 1972. His own pop work used cartoons like Woody Woodpecker, Felix the Cat, Snoopy, Mickey, Minnie Mouse, the Pink Panther and others. In 1980, Cutrone left The Factory to concentrate on his own paintings. Together with Kenny Scharf, Cutrone revived the comic strip and his work is in major museum collections including The Museum of Modern Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The Whitney Museum and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Cutrone was married three times, to makeup artist Gigi Williams, then Kelly Cutrone, who has achieved a level on her own in the last few years as a reality TV star and to Einat Katav at the time of his death. “Everything is a cartoon for me. The ancient manuscripts are taken very seriously but they really are cartoons.” 


(Top right, recent photo from Cutrone’s Facebook page, right, Rene Ricard, Susan Bottomly, Eric Emerson, Mary Woronov, Andy Warhol, Ronnie Cutrone, Paul Morrissey, and Edie Sedgwick. Bottom, a Cutrone painting features a cavalcade of his appropriated characters)