Andy Warhol’s work as an artist is not only studied around the globe, but his name is also often times synonymous with American pop art. His iconic screen-printed images of Marilyn Monroe and Campbell’s Soup cans took the masses by storm.
However, for one man, Warhol’s legendary work was “mediocre” at best…
That man is tennis champion John McEnroe, who went on to win nearly 150 titles on the ATP World Tour.
Back in the Studio 54 era, when McEnroe was ranked number six in the world, he said Warhol wasn’t just an average artist — in his opinion — but that Warhol was also a total “weirdo.” In his upcoming memoir “But Seriously,” McEnroe revealed, per Page Six, that he was regularly annoyed by the pop art icon:
“He was always there at every party I was ever at, taking your picture late at night, even when you were super f**ked up … I remember thinking, ‘Who is this weirdo with the fake hair? Why is he waving his camera around when we’re here at 3 in the morning? Isn’t there a place that could be off-limits?'”
In fact, McEnroe wrote that Warhol even interfered with his intimate life, writing that when it was time to “loosen your collar and try to find a good-looking model or whatever,” Warhol “always seemed to be up in everyone’s face with his camera, being a pain in the ass.”
He continued, saying that at the time he found Warhol’s artistry to be “mediocre,” but after his death in 1987, that changed:
“Everyone all of a sudden is going, ‘He’s one of the world’s greatest, unbelievable …’ I’m like, ‘He is?'”
Although McEnroe did later come around to realize Warhol’s accomplishments and significance, he ironically paid around $30,000 the year before Warhol’s death at a charity auction for the artist to paint portraits of himself and his then-wife, Tatum O’Neal.
Those portraits then sold for $400,000 at a 2008 charity auction.
Warhol was 58 years old when he passed; his 30-year death anniversary was this February.