No, that isn't as lewd as it sounds -- though you really never know with Warhol. Artist, singer and one-time punk supply store owner Robert Loughlin will make an appearance at his gallery show opening from 6-11 p.m. on Friday, January 7 at Perihelion Arts, 610 E. Roosevelt St. in Phoenix. In the heyday of Warhol's Factory, the pop art king purchased tons of hand-painted chairs from Loughlin. The New York based artist is even mentioned in The Andy Warhol Diaries.
Many of Loughlin's works feature "the brute," an iconic depiction of a square-jawed man with a cigarette dangling from his mouth. The brute has been spotted stenciled on telephone poles, drawn on doors and painted on plastic packaging. It's such a recognizable image that some even claim it was the inspiration behind Kid Robot's Smorkin' Labbit vinyl toy.
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Either way, we're anxious to meet the guy who caught Warhol's attention, and continues to make lighting up look cool in an era of Machiavellian anti-smoking laws. "Lost & Found: The Art and Artifacts of Robert Loughlin" runs through January 29. The artist will also appear for a Q&A session at Perihelion Arts this Saturday, January 8 from 1-3 p.m. Free admission.