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A windfall of Warhol

NEW YORK — Andy Warhol may be best remembered for his paintings of Campbell Soup cans and Marilyn Monroe, but the pop artist was also a prolific director and producer of underground cinema.

On Wednesday, the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts distributed a $7 million collection of his films, videos and TV programs among four institutions — Gotham’s Museum of Modern Art, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, the UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Museum of Television & Radio in Gotham and L.A.

In the ’60s, Warhol directed more than 100 films and nearly 500 “screen tests” of luminaries such as Salvador Dali and Allen Ginsberg. While trying to raise money in Hollywood for projects in the 1970s, he withdrew most of his early films from circulation. They went unseen until after his 1987 death.

Warhol is given credit for directing the first feature with a real sex act. “Blue Movie” was withdrawn from theaters in 1969 after being declared obscene by a New York court.

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