- Andy Warhol from The Andy Warhol Diaries.
It is rather obvious that the dominant gender of modernism was male. It was in fact the modernist Hemingway who gave America many of its stereotypes about what it is to be a man. It's also obvious that Warhol was male, but what isn't quite so obvious is his sexual orientation. Hw was claimed by the gay community as one of their own. However, it is a difficult claim that was rejected by Warhol and difficult to prove as not one of Andy's lovers ever came forward (assuming he had any, as none are mentioned in his diary). The only possible evidence that Warhol was gay is an unhealthy obsession with Truman Capote that Warhol continued until Capote's mother asked him to stop sending letters. Many still speculate about Warhol's love life, but if his diaries are to be believed, he didn't really have one. He once stated, "The most exciting thing is not doing it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it's much more exciting," and it seems he held to this sentiment. Still, the public speculated, and Warhol still received offers from both sexes on quite a regular basis.
The gay community continues to claim him despite little concrete evidence and denial on Warhol's part, and there are numerous books out on queer Warhol. Some of this is due to his male nudes, many of which appear in his Sex Parts series and many of which were rejected from galleries due to their graphic displays, but Warhol didn't only love the male form; he was infused with an adoration of female beauty and in particular, beauty techniques. Warhol loved makeup and carried a bag of it around with him everywhere. He would obsessively buy every new beauty product out there, and went though a period during his years of portraiture where he insisted on personally applying the makeup to his models so he could get the high contrast he craved. Warhol also made quite an attractive female in his own cross-dressing photos (another aspect of his personality that lead the gay community to identify him as queer).
Warhol is not remembered for his impact as a gay artist, but it is impossible to say that his flamboyant nature and personality (most likely with some help from Dali's image) helped to change the modernist stereotype about who an artist is. Un-aggressive, overtly feminine in his posture and manner, yet with a face utterly ruddy and male, and a body that was constantly covered often from the feet to the neck, perhaps the traditional definition of queer is better suited for Warhol and his carefully kempt image. For truly, it was in part Warhol who gave America's stereotype of the artist its eccentric aspect.